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State Seizes Christian Couple's Bank Accounts To Pay Lesbians Over 'Wedding' Cake Dispute

 

In a shocking development, the state of Oregon has raided three bank accounts owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Oregon bakers who politely refused to bake a "wedding" cake for a lesbian couple because of their sincerely held religious beliefs. At the time of the refusal, same-sex "marriage" was illegal in Oregon, but that mattered not to the lesbian activists who claimed "emotional distress" that a devoutly Christian couple would not want to participate in celebrating their "wedding." After they filed a legal complaint, an administrative commissioner ordered the couple to pay $135,000 in damages to the offended lesbians -- a ruling that has been widely condemned by legal experts both for its outrageous amount and for its abject failure to comply with religious liberty protections guaranteed under state and federal law.

The Klein's are appealing the decision -- which was issued by a bureaucrat at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries -- and asked for a delay in collections while the appeal was pending. The same bureaucrat who issued the order denied the delay and moved aggressively to seize $7,000 in funds in the Klein's personal bank accounts -- one of which contained money set aside for their tithe to the Lord!

The Klein's have decided to pay the $135,000 judgment (fortunately, faithful Americans across the country donated enough to cover the fine) while they continue their appeal.

The experience of this young Christian couple is one of the reasons why NOM continues to fight the lie of same-sex 'marriage' and its corresponding falsehood that redefining marriage won't have consequences for average Americans.

Fox has the story here.