Bakery appeals to UK Supreme Court in gay-rights cake case

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LONDON (AP) _ A bakery owned by a Christian family asked Britain’s Supreme Court on Tuesday to overturn a ruling that it discriminated against a gay customer for refusing to make a cake supporting same-sex marriage.

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland refused in 2014 to make a cake iced with the “Sesame Street” characters Bert and Ernie and the slogan “Support Gay Marriage.”

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Supreme Court agrees to hear gay wedding cake refusal case

By : Chris Johnson of the Washington Blade, courtesy of the National Gay Media Association
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On the two-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s sweeping decision in favor of marriage equality, the court announced it had agreed to review a case in which a Colorado bakery refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple.

The Supreme Court announced in its orders list on Monday it had agreed to take up the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the aftermath of the court’s periodic conference on Thursday. It takes a vote of at least four justices to grant a writ of certiorari — or agree to take a case — but the names of which justices voted that way isn’t made public.

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Oregon bakery that refused service to gay couple goes out of business

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Gresham, Oregon bakery that denied service to a same-sex couple has closed its door permanently.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that according to a Sept. 29 Facebook post on a page for Sweet Cakes by Melissa the business shut down last month, though the owners continue to sell cakes from their home.

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Gay wedding cake at center of Colorado Appeals Court case

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DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple will argue July 7 before the Colorado Court of Appeals that his religious beliefs should protect him from sanctions against his business.

The case underscores how the already simmering tension between religious-freedom advocates and gay-rights supporters is likely to become more heated in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark ruling last month legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

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Belfast baker guilty of discrimination over gay cake refusal

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DUBLIN (AP) – A Northern Ireland bakery was found guilty May 19 of discrimination for refusing to bake a cake bearing the slogan “Support Gay Marriage,” a verdict welcomed by human rights activists but denounced by Christian fundamentalists in the British territory.

In her ruling, Belfast Judge Isobel Brownlie called the bakery’s cancellation of the order “direct discrimination for which there can be no justification.” The judge said the bakery was a business, not a religious organization, and therefore had no legal basis to reject an order based on a customer’s sexual orientation or beliefs.

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Judge proposes Oregon bakery pay $135,000 to lesbian couple

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An administrative law judge proposed April 24 that the owners of a suburban Portland bakery pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple who were refused service more than two years ago.

The judge, Alan McCullough, ruled in January that Sweet Cakes by Melissa discriminated against Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer by refusing to bake them a wedding cake. The bakers cited their religious beliefs in a case that has been cited in the national debate over religious freedom and discrimination against gays.

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Central Florida bakery bounces back after anti-gay harassment

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Longwood – A Central Florida bakery is getting back to business after a YouTube evangelist recorded a phone conversation of him asking for a cake with an anti-gay remark on it and posted it online.

“I never expected the phone call to change my life forever,” said Sharon Haller, co-owner of Cut The Cake bakery in Longwood.

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Local bakery harassed after video posted online

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Longwood, Fla. – A Longwood bakery was ambushed by a YouTuber as he recorded a phone call of himself asking for a cake with an anti-gay remark on it and posted the video.

Joshua Feuerstein, whose Facebook page refers to himself as a former television and radio evangelist in Arizona, contacted Cut The Cake in Longwood and asked them to create a sheet cake with the phrase “We do not support gay marriage” written on it.

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Oregon bakery faces up to $150K in discrimination fines

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Gresham, Ore. – An Oregon bakery faces fines of up to $150,000 for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced Feb. 2 that Sweet Cakes by Melissa would be facing fines and that the owners’ refusal of service violated the state’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, refused service to a Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman in January 2013. The Kleins had refused to bake the wedding cake because of the Kleins’ religious beliefs.

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