Aaron and Melissa Klein face a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding.
The co-owner of an Oregon bakery that closed shop after he and his wife refused to bake a “wedding” cake for a same-sex couple is showing solidarity with a U.K. bakery facing a similar threat.
“My message to Ashers bakery is stand, fight this, it’s time for Christians to unite,” Aaron Klein of Sweet Cakes By Melissa in Gresham said in an interview with the BBC.
A judge has recommended a fine of $135,000 against Klein and his wife, Melissa, for violating the state’s non-discrimination law. The couple are now selling cakes from their home.
Aaron Klein was reacting to a court ruling in the U.K. this week against Ashers Bakery Co. for violating nondiscrimination laws by declining to a homosexual activist’s request to bake a cake with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage.”
Ashers’ owners are considering an appeal.
In the interview, Melissa Klein described the ruling as “ridiculous.”
“They should have the right to be free not to express something they don’t agree with,” she said. “To me, being a baker, the cake is our canvas and we get to put our artwork on it.
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