A Christian couple that were hit with a crippling fine more than a decade ago for refusing to bake a gay wedding cake are asking the Supreme Court for deliverance from the woke mob.
This is the second time that Aaron and Melissa Klein are asking the Supreme Court to recognize their God-given First Amendment rights, Fox News reported.
Persecuted Christian couple petitions Supreme Court
The couple were forced to close down their bakery in Gresham, Oregon, after they were ordered to pay a lesbian couple $135,000 in 2013. The state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) found that the Kleins had violated anti-discrimination laws.
Thus began a legal nightmare that drags on to this day. It is an all-too-familiar story in these woke times, in which all Americans are under pressure to not only tolerate, but loudly affirm the leftist agenda.
The most famous case may be that of Jack Phillips, the Colorado cake artist and owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop, who was tied up in court for years for refusing to “bake the cake.” The Supreme Court eventually ruled in his favor, but he is fighting yet another legal battle for refusing a transgender customer.
When the Kleins made it to the Supreme Court in 2019, the justices returned the matter to Oregon’s courts, citing the decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
This year, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled that their First Amendment rights had been violated, but the court kicked the case back to the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which simply reduced the fine to $30,000.
First Amendment rights under attack
Now, First Liberty Institute, which is representing the Kleins, is asking the Supreme Court to resolve the case once and for all.
“It’s been almost 10 years at this point,” Stephanie Taub, senior counsel for First Liberty Institute, told Fox News Digital. “The state has violated the clients’ rights, and we’re asking for the Supreme Court to grant a full and final victory for Aaron and Melissa Klein.”
Taub said that the Bureau of Labor and Industries “acted as prosecutor, judge and jury in this case.”
“The Oregon Court itself concluded that the agency violated their free speech rights because it did not act neutrally toward religion,” Taub said.
More than 10 years after their fight began, the Kleins have since relocated and are hoping to open a new bakery, CBN reported.