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Crippled by LGBT Targeting, Christian Bakers Close Shop

10-20-2016
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Christian bakers Melissa and Aaron Klein were forced to closed shop after a same-sex lawsuit.

After years of court battles, the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa is closing its doors.

The Oregon-based company was targeted by LGBT activists when owners Aaron and Melissa Klein said they wouldn't bake a cake for a gay wedding because of their Christian beliefs.

The subsequent legal battled crippled the bakery. The Kleins had been operating out of their home for the last few years. But now they've announced on their Facebook page, "We have closed Sweet Cakes. We appreciate everyone's continued prayer and support!"

The World Congress of Families says it's a tragedy.

"LGBT extremists have claimed yet another victim in their quest to rid society of anyone who does not endorse their agenda," Brian Brown, president of the WCF, wrote.

Although the Kleins have decided to close up shop, they will still stand up for religious freedom. Their attorneys at First Liberty Institute argue it's wrong for the government to force people to support something that violates their beliefs.

"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," First Liberty President Kelly Shackelford said. "No one should be forced to contribute to the celebration of an idea that goes against his or her beliefs."

The Kleins still face a hefty $135,000 fine, which they will continue to appeal.

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