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Of Wedding Cakes and Puritanical Collectivism

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This is a case in which discrimination on the part of a business materially benefited the supposed victims – even before a Soviet-grade "civil rights" bureaucrat in Oregon ordered the business owners to pay $135,000 to the aggrieved couple.

 In January 2013, the Kleins, who operated a bakery called "Sweetcakes by Melissa," turned down the couple's business proposal. Within a few days, the would-be customers contracted with another bakery called Pastry Girl. The second vendor charged $250 to create the celebratory confection, a rather garish artifact "with three tiers that had a peacock's body on top and the peacock's tail feathers trailing down over tiers to the cake plate," as described in the Final Ruling by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI).  

 Had they accepted the job, the Kleins "would have charged $600 for making and delivering the same cake."Rachel Cryer offered her business to Sweetcakes because two years earlier the Kleins had designed and produced a wedding cake for her mother. If the Kleins had acted out of mercenary motivations rather than being governed by their religious convictions, Rachel and Laurel most likely would have settled for their first choice, rather than testing the market and quickly finding another vendor who produced the desired cake at less than half the price.This is a case in which discrimination on the part of a business materially benefited the supposed victims – even before a Soviet-grade "civil rights" bureaucrat in Oregon ordered the business owners to pay $135,000 to the aggrieved couple.


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