Supreme Court Hands Victory to Oregon Bakery That Refused Gay Wedding Cake

The U.S. Supreme Court just handed a major victory to the owners of a now closed Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, as Reuters reports:

“The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday threw out a lower court ruling against the owners of an Oregon bakery who refused based on their Christian beliefs to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

The justices sent the case back to the Oregon Court of Appeals so it can take a second look at its ruling against the bakery in light of the Supreme Court’s June 2018 ruling in a strikingly similar case from Colorado.”

Here’s some backstory on this case, via Colorado Public Radio:

The Oregonian reports that lawyers for Melissa and Aaron Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, filed the petition to “question whether artists in public commerce are protected by the First Amendment when they decline to create expression that would violate their religious beliefs.” …

The Klein’s petition says that this case, should the Supreme Court hear it, “would allow the Court to resolve disagreements in the lower courts about the kinds of expression that merit First Amendment protection.”

The Kleins are seeking to overturn an Oregon state order to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they turned away.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries imposed the fine in 2015 after finding the Kleins had violated a state anti-discrimination law. An Oregon appeals court upheld the order, and the Oregon Supreme Court declined to hear the case.

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By Steve Straub/The Federalist Papers

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