How might 'Masterpiece' ruling affect the Kleins?

Thursday, June 7, 2018
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Aaron and Melissa Klein 2 (Oregon bakers)A Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier this week not only means a lot for a Colorado baker, but possibly for a couple of former bakery owners in Oregon as well.

In a 7-2 ruling Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court said the Colorado Civil Rights Commission violated Masterpiece Cakeshop owner Jack Phillips' rights under the First Amendment. Reactions to the ruling were mixed, perhaps reflecting the confusing description of the lopsided vote as a "narrow" decision.

"It's not a far-reaching opinion, [and] some might even describe it as a narrowly decided opinion, but that doesn't mean it is not an important decision," says attorney Mike Berry of First Liberty Institute. "It certainly means a great deal to [Phillips] – and it also means a great deal to First Liberty Institute clients, such as Aaron and Melissa Klein."

Berry

The Kleins owned a bakery in Oregon – until, that is, they declined to design a cake for a same-sex "wedding," citing religious objections. A decision by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries against the Christian couple, upheld by a state appeals court, led to a $135,000 penalty, which forced them out of business. (See recent related story)

"A lot of the issues that the Supreme Court identified in the Masterpiece decision are also at play in Aaron and Melissa Klein's case," says Berry. "[In the Masterpiece case, justices] talk about some of the anti-religious hostility that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission displayed in Jack Phillips' case – well, there's also a great deal of anti-religious hostility and bias in Aaron and Melissa Klein's case."

Berry is optimistic that the language from the Masterpiece decision will be favorable to the Klein's case. First Liberty Institute and Boyden Gray (former White House counsel for President George H.W. Bush) represent the Kleins as they appeal the State of Oregon's actions to the Oregon Supreme Court.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

When my pastor starts talking politics from the pulpit, I ...

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

Trump asks Turkey for audio, video evidence on Khashoggi
Senate Democrats skip hearing amid post-Kavanaugh tensions
  Heitkamp: Staffer out after ad that named victims
  Filing: Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison says ex-wife abused him
North Carolina trooper shot and killed, suspect in custody

LATEST FROM THE WEB

Pow! Wow! Warren deals blow to affirmative action
School won’t say what’s in its ‘LGBTQ Sex Education’ workshop
Mississippi shows need for transparency around civil forfeiture
Tennessee dem spokesman: ‘White male gun nuts’ are ‘the biggest terrorist organization on the planet’
Scotland's new 'anti-hate' campaign threatens Christians: 'You should be worried'

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day

REASON & COMPANY

NEXT STORY
SCOTUS confirms the right to pray

U.S. Supreme Court w/ flagJune brought plenty of big surprises from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), with a major one being the reversal of a case involving prayer.