Anti-gay bakery owners must pay $135.000 to lesbian couple

The Christian owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, Oregon who denied service to a same-sex couple must pay $135,000 in damages, the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries has ruled.

The bakery refused to bake a wedding cake cake for lesbian couple Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer in January 2013.

In April this year, a judge ruled that the bakery had discriminated against the couple and suggested damages of $135,000. Now, the Bureau of Labor and Industries has affirmed that amount, ordering Sweet Cakes to pay it.
Sweet Cake by Melissa
Bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein said their refusal to bake for the lesbian couple was prompted by their religious beliefs regarding marriage.

The case has been cited in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against gays.

The couple intends to appeal the decision.

Last April crowdfunding site GoFundMe shut down the couple’s campaign because it involved formal charges.

The Kleins will still receive the $109,000 donated to the fund before it was shut down.

Meanwhile, Samaritan’s Purse has established a fund to help people who face financial distress and are punished for their sincerely held religious beliefs, convictions, and conscience.

Jay Bakker leads faith-based rally opposing NC marriage amendment

The son of televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker Sunday led a rally encouraging North Carolinians to vote against the marriage amendment on the May ballot.

NBC-17, North Carolina, says

Jay Bakker joined other religious leaders and members of the community in a rally at the Trotter Building.

“My parents taught me to love people across the board and always be open to people. They were always into equality and reaching out to the marginalized and things like that,” he said.

Bakker lives in New York working as a pastor and is unable to vote on the state amendment, but said he still felt strongly enough to make a push to voters.

According to the Associated Press

Bakker said though his parents didn’t always bring favorable attention to North Carolina, they taught him that Jesus’ message was to love others.  

Bakker grew up near Charlotte watching his parents run the Praise The Lord ministry, which collapsed in scandal the late 1980s. His father went to prison, and his mother remarried and became a television personality who embraced gay men with AIDS. She died in 2007.  

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UK muslims convicted in gay hatred case

Muslim hate criminals Three Muslim men in England have been found guilty of stirring up hatred on the grounds of sexual orientation after distributing a leaflet that said Islam called for anyone caught committing homosexuality to be executed.

Ihjaz Ali, Kabir Ahmed and Razwan Javed handed out the pamphlet, called The Death Penalty?, which showed an image of a mannequin hanging from a noose and quoted Islamic texts that said capital punishment was the only way to rid society of homosexuality. [Read more...]

‘Hate group’ listing triggers protest by coalition of African-American pastors

hate groups A protest outside the headquarters of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala. last Tuesday put the spotlight on a clash of views between the center and a coalition of African-American pastors and their supporters.

The groups of pastors condemn the SPLC for using its “hate group” label to describe faith-based organizations that are against the LGBT lifestyle [Read more...]