Saturday, July 04, 2015

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion trashed by Oregon's labor commissioner

Remember the Oregon couple who got sued for refusing to bake a cake for a same sex wedding?

The bakers in question are Christians who did not want to violate their consciences by providing a cake for a same sex marriage celebration. It wasn't a matter of discrimination, since the Sweet Cakes Bakery had taken orders from gays and lesbians in the past. Their objection was to same sex marriages.

The same sex couple sued for emotional damages and the Oregon labor commissioner has ruled, evidence to the contrary, that the bakers were guilty of discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Furthermore, the husband and wife team who own the bakery have been ordered not to speak of the case.

Out goes freedom of religion and freedom of religion for this couple in one fell swoop.

This disturbs me as an American. I hope that the couple will appeal.

Here's the story from The Oregonian.

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