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Judge Recommends $135,000 Fine for Oregon Bakers Who Discriminated Against Gay Couple

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Gresham, Oregon bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein may be facing a fine of $135,000 for turning down a lesbian couple's wedding cake request back in January 2013, The Oregonian reports:

Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a proposed order released Friday, April 24. [...]

Anna Harmon, one of three attorneys representing the Kleins, said, "It's a shocking result and it shows the state's relentless campaign to punish Oregonians who live and work according to their faith."

"The important thing to realize is this," she added, "This is real money that Aaron and Melissa are going to have to pay that otherwise would be used to pay their mortgage and feed their kids."

Lars Larson, the Portland-based talk radio host who broke the story more than two years ago, tweeted about the case Friday. He said, "Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa need your help w/ a devastating fine from the state of Oregon," and linked to a fundraising site for the couple.

A "Support Sweet Cakes by Mellissa" GoFundMe page launched Friday quickly raised $110,000 for the bakery before being taken down for violating the site's Terms and Conditions.

Via GoFundMe:

 "After careful review by our team, we have found the "Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa" campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the "Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa" campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled."

Log Cabin Republicans Issue Statement Welcoming Bruce Jenner as a Transgender Republican


In what was perhaps the biggest shock during Bruce Jenner's interview with Diane Sawyer last night, the 65-year-old former Olympian revealed he's actually a Republican.

"I've always been on the more conservative side," Jenner said when asked his thoughts on President Obama being the first president to say the word "transgender" in a State of the Union address. Jenner also said he would absolutely ask Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker John Boehner to help champion trans issues, saying he thinks "they'd be very receptive to it."

Log Cabin Republicans National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo issued the following statement following the revelation:

LcrAs the nation’s only organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, Log Cabin Republicans congratulates Bruce Jenner in the tremendous courage he demonstrated tonight, being true to himself both in terms of his personal identity as well as his political identity. There is a home for you in Log Cabin Republicans — as there is for all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender conservatives and straight allies.

The Washington Post notes that a 2014 Gallup poll found 21% of LGBT Americans are Republican or lean Republican. 

And in case you missed Jenner's interview, you can watch in full HERE

WATCH: Bruce Jenner's Groundbreaking Interview with Diane Sawyer - FULL INTERVIEW


In case you missed it (or want a rewatch), ABC News has released the full Bruce Jenner interview with Diane Sawyer in which Jenner came out as a transgender woman (and also a Republican).


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Bruce Jenner Comes Out as Transgender: VIDEO


Bruce Jenner has come out as transgender in his one-on-one interview with Diane Sawyer.

Watch a portion of the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

Update - GLAAD reacts:

"Today, millions of people learned that someone they know is transgender," said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. "By sharing this story, Bruce Jenner has shined a light on what it means to be transgender and live authentically in the face of unimaginable public scrutiny. Though Jenner's journey is one that is deeply personal, it is also one that will impact and inspire countless people around the world."

"Every transgender person's journey is unique, and by choosing to share this story, Bruce Jenner adds another layer to America's understanding of what it means to be transgender," said Nick Adams, GLAAD's Director of Programs, Transgender Media. "We hope that after hearing Jenner's story, people will want to learn more about the issues and challenges facing their transgender friends, co-workers, and family members. Stories like these will help create a world in which everyone can express their gender identity without fear of discrimination and violence." 

Continue reading "Bruce Jenner Comes Out as Transgender: VIDEO" »

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Ted Cruz Issues Contradictory Statement Following Intimate Evening Reception with Gay NYC Hoteliers


Sen. Ted Cruz has issued the following statement regarding his "fireside chat" and dinner with multimillionaire gay hoteliers Ian Reisner and Mati Weiderpass at their Manhattan penthouse apartment on Wednesday:

"It speaks volumes that the New York Times considers it newsworthy that a Republican who believes marriage is between a man and a woman would meet with people who hold a different view. The purpose of the meeting and the primary topics of conversation were national security, foreign policy, and America's commitment to standing with Israel. On the subject of marriage, when asked, I stated directly and unambiguously what everyone in the room already knew, that I oppose gay marriage and I support traditional marriage.

"One person further asked how Heidi and I would react if we found out one of our (4 and 7-year-old) daughters were gay. My reply: 'We would love her with all our hearts. We love our daughters unconditionally.'

"A conservative Republican who is willing to meet with individuals who do not agree on marriage and who loves his daughters unconditionally may not reflect the caricature of conservatives promoted by the left, but it's hardly newsworthy.

"I know it's been a long time since we've seen it, but this is what it means to truly be a 'big tent Republican' instead of a panderer. I'm happy to go anywhere to anyone to champion conservative values. We're not always going to agree on everything, and I'm not going to change my fundamental values. But at the same time, I'm hoping to offer enough bold leadership on a broad slate of issues that many voters will decide we agree on far more than we disagree."

In the original NYT article that broke the story, the paper noted Cruz "did not mention his opposition to same-sex marriage, saying only that marriage is an issue that should be left to the states."

Something isn't adding up... 

Previously, "Ted Cruz Introduces Two New Bills Targeting Same-Sex Marriage to Remind You He's Still Very Much Anti-LGBT" [tlrd]


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