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Oregon Official Who Fined Christian-Owned Bakery Loses Election Bid


The Oregon public official who levied a $135,000 fine against a Christian-owned bakery lost his bid to become Oregon's secretary of state.

Since 2008, Brad Avakian has been the commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.

He ruled "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" must pay the fine after the bakery refused to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The owners said it would violate their Christian beliefs.

The bakery closed in October, according to OregonLive.

"We have closed Sweet Cakes," Aaron and Melissa Klein wrote online. "We appreciate everyone's continued prayer and support."

In the Oregon secretary of state race, Avakian lost to former state representative Dennis Richardson.

The Daily Caller reports that Richardson will become the first Republican in 14 years to win a statewide office in Oregon.




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