Aaron and Melissa Klein didn’t want their “15 minutes of fame.” All they ever wanted to do was live quietly, worship God, and run their bakery, “Sweet Cakes.” Then came the Gay Mafia.
Last year a lesbian couple came to the Kleins and wanted to order a “wedding” cake. Oregon had recently legalized “gay marriage” and they were taking advantage of the new law. The Kleins followed their heart and the teaching of the Gospel and politely refused to bake the cake. The lesbians filed a lawsuit and with the help of Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, they were awarded $135,000 for emotional distress.
The Kleins raised the money for the fine through donations and paid off the fine while filing an appeal.
They thought the issue was settled. It wasn’t.
Just a few weeks before Christmas, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian wiped out the Klein family’s bank accounts – taking nearly $7,000.
Faced with a state-mandated 9 percent interest penalty, the Kleins opted to pay the disputed amount in full – turning over a $136,927.07 check to the government. That money, which was not in their bank account, was acquired through donations to the family.
It was the price the Kleins had to pay for following the teachings of Jesus Christ.
“It was like my breath was taken away,” Mrs. Klein told me in a telephone conversation. “I panicked. Everything was gone.”
The Kleins and their attorney are pressing on with their appeal and they’re willing to go to Supreme Court if necessary to defend their First Amendment rights against the Gay Mafia. In the meantime, Commissioner Avakian has declared war on Christian businesses.
Avakian has publicly stated his intentions to target Christian business owners who do not comply with the state’s way of thinking. Here’s what he told The Oregonian about Sweet Cakes By Melissa in 2013:
“The goal is never to shut down a business. The goal is to rehabilitate.”
In other words, respect diversity or die.
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