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Another bakery who turned away a lesbian couple is appealing to the US Supreme Court

Another bakery who turned away a lesbian couple is appealing to the US Supreme Court

Melissa Klein, a previous owner of an Oregon bakery

A bakery in Oregon is appealing to the Supreme Court of the United States to overturn their fine of $135,000 for refusing to serve a lesbian couple.

Melissa and Aaron Klein previously ran the now-shuttered Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

In January 2013, the couple turned away lesbian couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. Rachel and Laurel went to Sweet Cakes looking for a cake for their wedding.

The Kleins cited religion as their reason for not serving the couple. Following their store’s closure, they left a note on their doors reading: ‘This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong. Your Religious Freedom is becoming not Free anymore. This is ridiculous that we can not practice our faith. The LORD is good and we will continue to serve Him with all our heart.’

In 2015, a state court ruled the Kleins must pay $135,000 in emotional damages and last year, they stood by the fine. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries imposed the fine after determining the bakery violated Oregon’s anti-discrimination law.

Their lawyer called the fine ‘un-American’.

Now they are turning to the Supreme Court.

According to Oregon Live, their lawyers filed a petition on Monday (22 October). Oregon’s State Supreme Court refused to hear the case earlier this year.

The limited ruling of Masterpiece

In June, the Supreme Court found in favor of a Colorado baker who refused a gay couple. The ruling, however, was narrowly tailored to the case and did not set any nationwide precedent about LGBTI discrimination.

This is why cases like the Kleins’ are still going through the court system and trying to be heard by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court is different than it was in June, though. Anthony Kennedy, often seen as a swing vote, retired over the summer.

Trump’s second Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed earlier this month. This now gives the Supreme Court a clear conservative majority.

It is unclear whether they will hear this case or not. The Supreme Court reviews thousands of cases each session, but typically takes on less than 150.

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