The Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday sued two Christian bakers with $135,000 fine for refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
For Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the Melissa bakery at Oregon, that price was steep to be exact.
The case began back in January 2013, when Aaron and Melissa Klein cited their religious beliefs when declining to make a wedding cake for Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.
Following the incident, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found the Kleins in violation of a 2007 state law that protects the rights of LGBTQ people in employment, housing and public accommodations. In 2015, the couple was ordered to pay the Bowman-Cryers emotional distress damages.
“Laurel Bowman-Cryer and her wife Rachel sued after the Kleins refused to bake a cake for them,” reported Fox News. “Rachel Campos-Duffy reported that the women claimed the incident caused weight gain and was akin to being ‘mentally raped.’”
The Kleins appealed the decision in March 2017, arguing the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries violated their rights as artists to free speech, their rights to religious freedom and their rights as defendants to a due process.
“It’s definitely been hard on our family. It’s taken a toll on our family,” Melissa Klein said during an interview with Fox.
The husband and wife said they intend to fight the court’s ruling, which has essentially shut down their custom cake business and pushed the family into financial difficulty.