[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an Oregon based business, is one of the Christian owned businesses that found itself at the center of a lawsuit after the owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, declined to bake a cake for a homosexual wedding based upon grounds that it violated their religious beliefs. The couple then found themselves not only at the center of a lawsuit from the State of Oregon, they also ended up being forced to close their business down after increasing threats on their life and boycotts of their business.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]Now, in a groundbreaking revelation, The Daily Signal has learned that the case of the State of Oregon against the Kleins was actually appears to be a coordinated effort with the state’s Bureau of Labor Relations working in collusion with the state’s largest LGBT activist group, Basic Rights Oregon.
The state’s case against the Kleins is one that ultimately not only threatened their business, but their livelihood and ability to care for their family, impacting their ability to put a roof over the heads of themselves and their five children and food on the table. The Kleins were fined $135,000 by a judge after the lesbian couple at the center of the lawsuit, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, claimed that the Kleins mentally raped them by refusing to bake their homosexual wedding cake.
In fact, the lesbians claimed that they suffered from 88 different symptoms to support their mental rape accusation. Breitbart listed some of the 88 symptoms the pair from which they claimed to suffer.
The long list of symptoms included “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock,” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”
The judge apparently found it unremarkable that “loss of appetite” and “impaired digestion” should lead to “weight gain.”
Ultimately, the judge sided with the lesbians awarding them $135,000, money the Kleins do not have. But, recent communications obtained by The Daily Signal indicate that the Kleins not only did not receive a fair trial, they were used by the State of Oregon as an example for those who will not accept the Gaystapo agenda, a clear view into what would happen to other Christians and Christian businesses if they do not fully and openly accept the gay agenda.[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]While Basic Rights Oregon issued a statement denying being involved in any collusion efforts with the State of Oregon against the Kleins, the series of communications between the group and the state is quite damning.
“I had a gut feeling that he was in cahoots with [Basic Rights Oregon] from the get go,” Aaron Klein said. “We already knew that he had a premeditated idea about what was going on.”
Aaron Klein was referring to Facebook posts written in 2013 by Avakian, in which he accused the Kleins of “disobeying” the law before hearing any evidence.
Both he and his wife believe the commissioner should recuse himself from the case.
“My first thought was just, this was so ridiculous,” Melissa Klein said of her reaction to the communications. “[Avakian] has an agenda and it’s so obvious.”
Aaron Klein said the emails, text messages and phone calls between the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and Basic Rights Oregon show “their Constitutional rights don’t matter in this court,” and that the commissioner has a bias.
Though the state continues to deny the accusation, going so far as to refuse to fully comment on the matter, attorneys for the Kleins have formally requested that the case be reopened. Aaron Klein said, “You can’t have an office that has a judge, jury and executioner. Judges should be unbiased and they should be elected by the people without the power to legislate, investigate and do everything else.”
Questions regarding just how closely the state of Oregon was working with the LGBT activist group Basic Rights Oregon came up after the brother of one of the lesbians, Aaron Cryer, testified in the case. During his testimony, it appeared that he was being led by the prosceutor from the Bureau of Labor and Industries.
The prosecutor asked Cryer, “Do you recall Basic Rights Oregon reaching out to Laurel and Rachel?” the prosecutor asked. To which Cryer responded, “[The Bureau of Labor and Industries] and Basic Rights Oregon. I think I kind of put the two together. Basic Rights Oregon was the organization that me and Laurel and the rest of the family had a conversation about, about pursuing the case, if I remember correctly.”
The Kleins are adamant that they are not going to give up the fight believing that they have been denied a constitutional due process in order to be made an example of. Melissa Klein said, “We’re definitely not going to back down. We take this very seriously … for not just ourselves but for other business owners who this could happen to.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]