The lesbian couple who sued the Christian bakers in Oregon who refused to bake them a wedding cake should be forced to pay a fine to the bakers and not the other way around, says Christian leader Franklin Graham.
"This is unbelievable!" Graham posted on his Facebook page on Sunday.
Aaron and Melissa Klein were told on Friday by Brad Avakian, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner, that they must pay Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer $135,000.
Graham noted that the "long list of alleged damages" included "acute loss of confidence," "high blood pressure," "impaired digestion," "loss of appetite," "migraine headaches," "pale and sick at home after work," "resumption of smoking habit," "weight gain," and "worry."
"Give me a break," Graham wrote. "In my opinion, this couple should pay the Kleins $135,000 for all they’ve been through!"
Even more outrageous, Graham said, is that Avakian has also now ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for same-sex weddings based on their Christian beliefs.
"This is an outright attack on their #freedomofspeech," he said. "A senior attorney with the The Heritage Foundation was absolutely right when he said, 'It is exactly this kind of oppressive persecution by government officials that led the pilgrims to America.'"
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