Saturday, July 11, 2015

The truth about the Oregon wedding cake case

Posted By on Sat, Jul 11, 2015 at 6:58 AM

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Old news, perhaps, but I've  been doing some interesting reading about the case in which a lesbian couple in Oregon was awarded $135,000 in damages as a result of a bakery's refusal to sell them a wedding cake.

Oregon prevents discrimination by public services on account of sexual orientation, just as it prevents discrimination on account of race, religion, age and other categories. This wasn't a religion case. It was a discrimination case. It says, in effect, a fried chicken restaurant can't refuse an order of wings to a couple because they are black or old or gay. 

What's more, the bakers weren't "gagged" as Fox News would have you believe. They simply were ordered to no longer advertise "we won't serve a certain type of customer. " They can complain about it all they want. And the $135,000 payment ordered was not a fine, but an assessment of damages suffered by the couple denied service. The good Christian bakers went on social media and posted the home address of the couple. They endured enormous harassment as a result.

Truth is, many "good Christians" who'd no longer argue for the right to refuse to serve black people or mixed race couples still think discrimination in public accommodations should be legal against gay people. In Oregon, the law doesn't allow it. It should be a national standard.

Here's a full explanation of why damages were awarded

And here's a debunking of the so-called gag order.

Thanks to Raw Story for leading me to more reporting.

Snopes has also done some explaining.

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