The Daily Signal reports Thursday that Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the family-owned bakery that refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, has not only been ordered to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the lesbian couple it refused to serve, but has been ordered to cease and desist from speaking publicly about how the family’s Christian faith has informed their views on same-sex marriage.
Brad Avakian, Commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries and acting Minister of Thoughtcrime, wrote that Sweet Cakes owners Aaron and Melissa Klein must “cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation.”
The Daily Signal reports that the $135,000 figure took into consideration the couple’s physical, emotional and mental damages:
Examples of symptoms included “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “felt mentally raped, dirty and shameful,” “high blood pressure,” “impaired digestion,” “loss of appetite,” “migraine headaches,” “pale and sick at home after work,” “resumption of smoking habit,” “shock” “stunned,” “surprise,” “uncertainty,” “weight gain” and “worry.”
How about we give you five bucks for the doubt, surprise, uncertainty and worry and call it even? That’s $5 more than the rest of us get for feeling the same feelings.
It shouldn’t happen in America either.