In 2013, the state of Oregon went after a family bakery of Aaron and Melissa Klein, when they declined to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian wedding, citing their Christian beliefs.
The state of Oregon fined them, going so far as to garnish their bank accounts and assets and taking a total of $135,000 for their refusal to violate the tenets of their faith.
The bakery, which the couple worked to create for years, was shut down. Aaron Klein is currently on disability after injuring himself working as a trash collector to provide for the family of 7.
Their family was also the target of a vicious campaign by gay activists’ intent on destroying their business, regardless of the cost.
This interview was in 2017; an update to the story is that an Oregon appeals court has reversed a prior order for the Kleins to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding on grounds that the state’s actions did “not reflect neutrality toward religion.”
This family has lost its business for being Christian so what good will those court orders do? It certainly will not bring the business back. A clear case of religious violations in “democratic” America.