In filing the brief, the Kleins were aided by lawyers from the First Liberty Institute and former White House Counsel for President George H. W. Bush, Boyden Gray.
"This case is, first and foremost, about whether Oregon has commandeered individuals' liberty to compel them — upon pain of crippling financial penalties — to facilitate the multitude of events in which 'persons' protected by (discrimination law) might participate," the brief states. "Such events might be weddings, as here, or religious rituals, sex-segregated club initiations, or abortions."
"So the court must determine: Has Oregon, for example, compelled Catholics to sculpt totems for Wiccan rituals? Feminists to photograph fraternity initiations? Pro-life filmmakers to video abortions?" the brief asks. "It has not, and that ends the case."
The state government's brief argued that the government's final order forcing the Kleins to pay $135,000 did not violate their First Amendment rights and argued that refusal of service is not protected under the First Amendment. The brief continued by explaining that the agency's order did not target the Kleins' religious beliefs, but rather their discriminatory conduct.
Even though the government believes that it has not violated the Kleins' religious liberties, Gray said in a statement that "the First Amendment prohibits government compulsion of art and of speech."
"We must ensure that freedom of speech and religious expression is preserved for all Americans," Gray, who is a former ambassador to the European Union, asserted.
First Liberty Institute President Kelly Shackelford added: "No one should be forced to contribute to the celebration of an idea that goes against his or her beliefs."The Kleins are not the only Christian wedding vendors who have been fined for acting in accordance with their religious convictions and declining to work a same-sex wedding....
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