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Christian Bakery Sued by Lesbian Couple Closing

Melanie Arter
By Melanie Arter | October 21, 2016 | 3:02 PM EDT

Melissa Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, tells a customer that the bakery has sold out of baked goods to sell for the day on Feb. 5, 2013. (AP Photo)

An Oregon bakery has been forced to close down after losing a legal battle brought by a lesbian couple who sued the owners for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding because of their Christian beliefs.

The Christian Broadcasting Network reported Thursday that the legal battle against Sweet Cakes by Melissa crippled the bakery.

The decision was announced on the Sweet Cakes Facebook page: “We have closed Sweet Cakes. We appreciate everyone’s continued prayer and support.”

Aaron and Melissa Klein “still face a hefty $135,000 fine, which they plan to appeal,” CBN reported.

"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," CBN quoted Kelly Shackelford, president of the First Liberty Institute, which represents the Kleins, as saying. "No one should be forced to contribute to the celebration of an idea that goes against his or her beliefs."

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