Mach snell !!
First, they came for the bakers.....
Baker breaks Oregon Law by refusing to bake cake for same sex couples
Oregon is a very liberal state so it doesn't surprise me that they have enacted some liberal laws, however, this seems to be a State overstepping Federal Constitutional rights. Where do we draw the line? If I am a business owner shouldn't I reserve the right to refuse service to anyone? Not according to Oregon's Equality Act of 2007.
Aaron Klein, owner of Sweet Cakes in Gresham, Ore., is under investigation for illegally refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, claiming it conflicted with his religious beliefs. Klein also allegedly felt compelled to inform one of the brides that her relationship was an "abomination unto the Lord." Klein is now being investigated by the Oregon Attorney General's civil enforcement officers for violating the Oregon Equality Act of 2007, which has no exception for religious beliefs. Meanwhile, the Fashion Police are looking into Klein's violating the Vans T-shirt Ban of 1998. SourceKlein on Friday denied making the harsh statement, but admitted to a KATU reporter on camera that he did deny her service.
“I apologized for wasting their time and said we don’t do same-sex marriages,” he said. I “honestly did not mean to hurt anybody, didn’t mean to make anybody upset, (it’s) just something I believe in very strongly.”
But religious beliefs aren’t enough to cover him under state law. The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 prohibits discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The statute includes public accommodations, such as businesses.
Klein emphasized the importance of his religious beliefs, saying it outweighs his bottom line and the state law.
“If I have to be to, I guess, be penalized for my beliefs, then I guess, well, that’ll be what it is,” he said.
The question now: whether his constitutional rights outweigh state statute.
“My First Amendment rights allow me to practice my religion as I see it,” Klein said.
We asked Portland attorney Paula Barran whether this case falls under the 2007 statute. She said it did, but added that she did not know how the owner’s religious beliefs would factor in.
“Statutes don’t get to overcome constitutional protections, so if somebody had a religious-based reason for wanting not to trade with somebody, I think you have a really interesting test case for whether or not a statute like this can apply,” Barran said. There is no exception under the state's anti-discrimination law for religious beliefs. Ultimately, the case would be up for a judge to decide.We will continue to see this sort of overstepping state by state unless "we the conservatives" get involved at the local level and recruit others to join us to stop this constant assault of our Constitutional rights.
We need to stand with the Aaron Kleins of the world! We need to be Aaron Klein and stand up for what we believe even if that means we are taken to court. If we don't act now one day we'll be sitting in the communist states of America.
The Oregon Equality Act is ridiculous piece of legislation used as a liberal response to "discrimination of LGBT" and needs to be overturned.Want to support this baker and his wife? Here is some information from their website: