Christian Cake Business Faces Lawsuit and Persecution for Defending Natural Marriage
Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Oregon cake baking company Sweet Cakes, are facing a $150,000 lawsuit for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in February 2013. In January 2014, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries argued that the Kleins had unlawfully discriminated against the same-sex couple.
Before the controversy, business was booming for the Kleins, but they have shut the doors to their place of business after both they and their vendors faced unmanageable harassment. They now take small cake orders from home, but Melissa says her successful business has largely been destroyed.
Melissa Klein recently burst into tears on television as she reminisced about the joy of running her business and interacting with her customers.
“I’d want to know about the flowers, her dress, the centerpieces, her colors, the way her hair is going to be…I would just feel so honored to be part of such an amazing, special day,” she said at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC.
The Kleins assert that they did not violate the law and plan to appeal any decision against them.
“I believe that we’re living in a time that’s very hostile towards Christians,” said Aaron Klein, according to Inquisitr. “Our First Amendment rights are being stripped away and I’m willing to stand up and take this fight.”
Although numerous media outlets have labeled the couple as “anti-gay” and “bigoted,” they have exhibited Christ-like love and patience through the whole controversy.
Melissa recently posted a powerful quote from Rick Warren on her company’s Facebook page, which dismantles the abusive, uninformed attacks placed on her family’s character by critics.
Warren’s quote reveals two pervasive lies that Faith Driven Consumers encounter in a secular society and is worth reading in its entirety:
“Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear or hate them. Second is that to love someone means that you must agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate." – Rick Warren
As the Kleins face an approaching court date, which has been postponed, they ask for prayers for their attorneys and for Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who will make the judgment.
Let’s honor the Kleins’ request and lift them up in prayer. They have sacrificed their livelihood and safety for their Christian beliefs. This couple’s action should inspire us as Faith Driven Consumers to seek a similarly deep level of faith and be uncompromisingly bold about it in our own lives.
Beyond prayer support for the Kleins, we can also keep our eyes open for faith-driven businesses in our local communities. Are you ready, willing and able to support them in the event that they face similar persecution for standing up for their values and Christian worldview?