We have blogged before here at W4 about the shutting down of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the Oregon bakery that refused to serve a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
The latest news took even me by surprise. The unsurprising part was that their $135K fine has been confirmed by the relevant elected official. I'll let readers know if I find out about a genuine crowdfunding campaign to help them.
Here's the bizarre part: Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has reinstated a "cease and desist" order that was voided even by the administrative judge in the case (the judge was on board with the $135K fine). This cease and desist order says that they may not publish or publically make any declaration of their intent to fight the case. Such statements, says Avakian, violate the portion of the public accommodations law that says that you can't express an intent not to offer services to members of the protected class.
It may be relevant here to point out that at the moment Sweet Cakes by Melissa doesn't exist. It's been shut down successfully by the leftist bullies' lawsuit. [Correction: My impression that the business had ceased to exist altogether appears to be incorrect, as the business still has a web page. I am now unable to find the link that I recall stated that the business had shut down. My guess is that they shut down their storefront and are operating out of a private home and that a report on this was the route by which my error arose. They still have a web site. Their web site says, "We here at Sweet Cakes strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives, we feel truely honored when we are chosen to do the cake for your special day." It is noteworthy that Avakian did not target this "discriminatory" statement on the web site but rather the statement, "The fight is not over" on a talk show. Maybe he just didn't get around to censoring the web site.] Nonetheless, according to Avakian, to go on a talk show and say, "The fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong," as the husband, Aaron Klein, said, is to make a discriminatory statement and violate a law. [Edited]
The relevant law being used for silencing the Kleins' statements of intent to pursue the case is here. It obviously refers to things like, "We will not serve such-and-such a group" signs or notices concerning a presently operating place of business open to the public. Avakian's application of it is insane, and frightening.
I have no brilliant comments to offer except that this new, "You can't talk about fighting these attacks against you" type of order must be overturned.
God bless the Kleins.