"Should the government force Catholics to sculpt totems for Wiccan rituals, or feminists to photograph fraternity initiations, or pro-life videographers to film an abortion? Of course not," Kelly Shackelford, President and CEO of First Liberty Institute, says. "No one should be forced to contribute to the celebration of an idea that goes against his or her beliefs."
In 2013, a woman asked the Kleins for a custom-made cake for her same-sex wedding. Aaron and Melissa had served the women before, but as devout Christians, they believed that participating in the wedding celebration would violate their faith, so they declined to design and create the custom cake. The Oregon government responded by punishing them with a $135,000 penalty, forcing the Kleins to shut down their bakery.
The Kleins' attorneys contend that the government has violated the Kleins' constitutional freedoms.
"The First Amendment prohibits government compulsion of art and of speech," Boyden Gray, former ambassador to the European Union and founding partner of Boyden Gray and Associates, says. "We must ensure that freedom of speech and religious expression is preserved for all Americans."
Read more about the Kleins' case at FirstLiberty.org/Kleins
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