And we think we have dud judges here

I didn’t cover this story at the time:  a lesbian couple in the US created a stink because the bakery refused to make a “same-sex” wedding cake.   It’s one of those manufactured outrage situations.  A bit like pulling a ponytail, in a sense.

But now the whole thing has gone up several notches on the ‘you-gotta-be-kidding-me-ometer’

A judge in Oregon has concluded that the bakery owners who refused, for religious reasons, to make a cake for a gay wedding should be forced to pay [US]$135,000 in fines.

“[T]he forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the gay couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote Alan McCullough, a judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.

The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Aaron and Melissa Klein, who have seven children, say the exorbitant fine could force them into bankruptcy.

This decision even makes Graham McCready look like a legal scholar.

The gay couple filed a complaint and the Oregon bureau proceeded to charge that the Kleins had discriminated against the pair. This past January, a panel decided the Kleins had violated state law.

The gay couple said they had suffered emotional and mental damages — even physical harm — and set their claim at $135,000. Each of the women listed 90 separate damages they suffered when the Kleins refused to make the cake.

The damages include “acute loss of confidence,” “excessive sleep,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches.” One even said she started smoking again because of “worry.”

Because the [bakery] couple was forced to close their business, the $135,000 would come from their personal assets. The proposed fine now goes to the Labor Commission, which will make a final decision.

All I can say is that you know what you get when you have two women scorned…

…what a filthy pair of opportunistic


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  • But when Muslim bakeries refuse to offer the same service for gay weddings…….nothing. Only Christians are evil in the Leftie world and require re-education and punishment.

  • botti

    A give a little campaign should be set up to compensate the cake store owners. Do you think the judge would have made the same decision if the cake store owners were Islamic?

    • phronesis

      I seem to recall reading somewhere that they have received millions in donations already. America has a much stronger public resistance to this sort of crap than we do.

      • botti

        The GoFundMe site shut down their donation page. Unbelievable.

        ““The GoFundMe account that was set up to help our family was shut down by the administrators of GoFundMe because they claimed it was raising money for an illegal purpose,” the Kleins said Saturday morning in a post on the Sweet Cakes by Melissa Facebook page. “We are working to get the account reinstated.”

        A supporter of the Kleins had set up the fundraising page after an Oregon judge on Friday set a fine of $135,000 for the couple as punishment for declining to bake a wedding cake for two lesbians. The page had raised more than $66,000 before GoFundMe shuttered it. GoFundMe said the Kleins would be able to access the money raised so far.

        “After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions and have removed this campaign,” the company told The Oregonian.

        In the meantime, the Kleins said supporters could donate to their cause through Samaritan’s Purse.

      • botti

        The funding site GoFundMe closed their appeal.

        “By 5 p.m. Friday, more than $66,000 had been raised toward a goal of $150,000. A lawyer for the Kleins said the web page had been authorized by her clients, owners of the bakery bearing Melissa’s name.

        By 9 p.m., it became apparent there were problems. Visitors to the web page encountered a terse note: “We’re sorry, but the campaign URL you entered cannot be found.”

        Donations can now be made here.

  • dumbshit

    cue the bakery owners filing for similar damages and hurt to their feelings, bet they wouldn’t get a mention in the press!

  • BJ

    Disgusting. They should be pointed in the direction of websites that tell of and show the horror of what is happening to gay people in the middle east, then they might appreciate their position in the US. They could then conduct a personal survey of wedding cake bakers in a Muslim neighbourhood. How could a judge decide such a ludicrous fate.

  • Crowgirl

    She started smoking again because of “worry”? For goodness sake find another bakery or better yet, bake your own! You can’t tell me this is the only bakery in Oregon. What a load of tosh – this is bull pukky of the highest order.

    Congratulations, you ruined someone’s life and business – feel better now? Do you think anyone will want to bake you a cake now?

  • 1951

    Nothing for it but to slap back somehow. Counter sue with maybe a hardship claim on behalf of the 7 children….?…

  • David Moore

    There is nothing opportunistic about it. They didn’t randomly find a bakery that held this view, they actively when looking for them.

  • exactchange

    There’s an update. A ‘givealittle’ site raised most of the fine in a few hours before it was taken down apparently after complaints by gay activists.

    They still get the money raised though.

    Plus the fine is not yet final.

  • ex-JAFA

    I await news of the gay couple’s further proceedings against the bakery for refusing to fix their TV or sell them new tyres for their car.

    Last time I checked, businesses were free to serve or not serve any customer they liked. If there were commercial consequences (bad reputation causing loss of trade), that was their look out.

    • twr

      That hasn’t been the case for many a year.

    • Hans

      Not under Obama

  • Eshet Chayil

    Meanwhile, in the real world…

    Ring ring…ring ring…

    “Good morning, Id like to order a cake please”.

    “Im sorry, we are not going to be able to make that for you”.

    “Thank you for your time”.

    Ring ring…ring ring…

    “Good morning, Id like to order a cake please”.

    “No problem”.

    Seriously, how hard is it to organize a cake without putting people out of business?

    • KatB

      Exactly what I was thinking. So you or I and many others would just go about our business and find a cake shop that could fill the order and if we felt we’d been badly treated by the first shop, we might make our feelings known to others and there by slightly dent their takings. But what this couple has done is nothing more than a money making scheme and also done the gay community no favours. People who once sat on the fence in regards to their feelings about the gay community may now have their feet firmly planted in the anti camp. Just because somebody does not agree with your lifestyle choice, it doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t like you, or are judging you. In fact the really judgemental ones in this story, stand out to me as being the gay couple.

  • Mick Ie

    What about the First Amendment:
    “Prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances”.

    Prohibits impeding the free exercise of religion.

    Has the judge himself broken the law?