To the shock of the hosts of ABC’s The View, on Tuesday (July 7, 2015), former Fullhouse star, actress Candace Cameron Bure stood up for a Christian couple accused of discrimination because they declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013.
Aaron and Melissa Klein owned a bakery in Oregon called Sweetcakes by Melissa. When the Kleins turned down the gay couple they complained to the government. After a debate that has played out in the media for months, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries commissioner Brad Avakian has just notified the Kleins he is fining them $135,000 to compensate the lesbians for their pain and suffering.
Avakian is demanding the payment by July 13th. Because of threats and negative publicity, the Kleins were forced to close their business months earlier.
The Kleins stated they will be asking Avakian for a stay on the fine so they can appeal his agency’s decision to an actual court. It is not known if Avakian will grant the stay and may continue his push for payment that could potentially include a lien on the Klein’s private home.
Though clearly in the minority on The View, Candace handled herself well. You can watch the banter in the video above.
First, she said this is not an issue of discrimination. Since the Kleins, who are Evangelical Christians, had previously sold cakes to the lesbian couple several times, their sexual orientation was not the problem. It was the marriage or the event that conflicted with the Klein’s Christian beliefs.
Secondly Candace said:
“This is about freedom of association, it’s about constitutional rights, it’s about First Amendment rights. We do have the right to still choose who we associate with.”
Christians also have rights or do the rights of gays now trump the rights of a Christian couple?
The third thing that Candace brings out is the $135,000 fine levied against the Kleins. How could anyone believe the refusal to bake a $200 cake justifies this type of punishment?