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Chủ tiệm bánh bị phạt 135 ngàn đô la vì từ chối làm bánh cưới cho cặp đồng tính

 

MN: Một tòa phúc thẩm ở tiểu bang Oregon giữ nguyên mức phạt $135,000 đối với chủ tiệm bánh vì từ chối làm bánh cưới cho một cặp đồng tính. Chủ tiệm bánh nói vì niềm tin tôn giáo của họ, họ không làm bánh cưới cho các cặp đôi đồng tính, và đây là quyền tự do tôn giáo và biểu đạt theo Hiến pháp Mỹ. Tòa án ở Oregon thì nói đây là hành động kỳ thị. Vụ việc tiệm bánh này là một trong nhiều trường hợp tương tự xảy ra sau khi Tòa Tối Cao vào tháng 6 năm 2015 quyết định cho hợp pháp hóa hôn nhân đồng tính trên 50 tiểu bang. Dưới đây là bản tin của VOA News trên đề tài này Oregon Baker Refused to Make Wedding Cake; Court Rejects Religious Argument.

 

 

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FILE- The storefront of Ashers Baking Company in Belfast, Northern Ireland, March 26, 2015. Ashers lost its appeal against a 2015 court ruling that the business discriminated against a homosexual customer by refusing to bake a cake bearing the message "support gay marriage."

 

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Oregon Baker Refused to Make Wedding Cake; Court Rejects Religious Argument

 

An Oregon state appeals court Thursday let stand $135,000 in damages levied against the owners of a Portland-area bakery for discrimination after they refused on religious grounds to prepare a wedding cake for a local lesbian couple.

 

A three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals rejected a petition by Melissa and Aaron Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, to overturn the ruling by the state’s labor commissioner as a violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution to freedom of religion and expression.

 

An attorney for the Kleins, who closed their bakery not long after being ordered to pay the heavy fine, could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

 

“Today’s ruling sends a strong signal that Oregon remains open to all,” Brad Avakian, the state’s labor commissioner, said in a written statement.

 

“Within Oregon’s public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, has the freedom to fully participate in society,” Avakian said.

 

The case stems from Aaron Klein’s refusal to bake a wedding cake for Rachel Bowman-Cryer in January 2013 because she was planning a same-sex wedding with her partner Laurel, which he said violated his religious convictions.

 

Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer filed a formal complaint with the state labor bureau, which found the bakery had violated anti-discrimination laws and awarded the damages.

 

The Bowman-Cryers were married in 2014 after a federal judge struck down Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban.

 

The bakery case is one of many disputes nationwide since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June 2015 to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

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