We Reserve the Right to… Break Records

In Gresham, OR, a battle continues to loom, but records are being set at the same time!  It started in 2013 when a Christian couple’s family owned bakery declined to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, because it was in opposition to their beliefs.  When the couple sued the family bakery, eventually receiving a $135,000 verdict for “emotional suffering” from the court, the Christian couple posted a social funding campaign online.  As of the writing of this article, the “Continue to Give” campaign has earned them over $400,000 in support from contributors world-wide in defense of their freedom of speech and in opposition to governmental and judicial over-reach!

In January 2013, Sweet Cakes by Melissa Bakery declined to make a wedding cake for the Bowman-Cryers, citing their religious beliefs.

The couple filed a discrimination complaint with the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

The case is one that has been referenced in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against the LGBT community.

The award is for emotional suffering. The maximum penalty that could have been assessed was $150,000, or $75,000 per person. Judge McCullough awarded $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer.  Read the Full Article