This is not the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado we’re talking about, although owner Jack Phillips is back in court, this time for refusing to make a cake for a gender transition celebration.

No, the bakers we’re talking about today in connection with a Supreme Court decision are Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which had been ordered by the state of Oregon to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to a lesbian couple who said they felt “mentally raped” when the bakery refused to make them a same-sex wedding cake on religious grounds.

We’re going to repeat that “mentally raped” bit because it shows just how ridiculous this is. The Daily Signal reported that the damages were meant to cover the couple’s trauma, which included (in alphabetical order) “acute loss of confidence,” “doubt,” “excessive sleep,” “feelings of being 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.”

Or they could have gone to the next baker down the road.

On Monday, the Supreme Court “wiped away a ruling that went against a bakery in Oregon,” CNN reported. However, CNN’s tweet is all wrong:

That makes it sound as if the bakery wouldn’t sell baked goods to gay customers; this issue, as it was for Masterpiece Cake Shop, is whether someone should be compelled to create something that doesn’t yet exist in opposition to their religious beliefs.

And now the case has been kicked back to the Oregon courts.

For what it’s worth, labor commissioner Brad Avakian, who levied the $135,000 fine, was defeated in 2016 by Republican Dennis Richardson in his bid to be Secretary of State. So sad.


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