In 2013 Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian waged a one-man jihad against Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” for their refusal to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
FoxNews writes, “Avakian undertook a very public and very ugly assault on the Klein family…They faced boycotts and picket lines and other wedding vendors were threatened with similar action if they did business with Sweet Cakes. The family’s young children received death threats and the store’s social networking platforms were overrun by militant LGBT activists posting obscene and profane messages.”
Avakian, an extreme leftist and self-proclaimed social justice warrior, especially for those who identify as LGBTQIA (ABCXYZ), was unrelenting in his war against Christian beliefs and the First Amendment.
“He doesn’t support freedom” one source noted. “He wants a hammer and sickle to smash and then dissect opposition till there is nothing left. He is nothing but a bully.”
Many Oregonian’s believe that a store owner should be allowed to refuse service to anyone for any reason. It’s their right as Americans. If the business fails as a result, well, that is on them. Let the free market decide.
Hiram Sasser, the Klein’s attorney, told FoxNews, “…Americans should have the freedom to live according to their own conscience without the force of government being used to punish those who disagree with government officials like Avakian.”
But with the power of Oregon’s labor department behind him, Avakian’s office ordered the Klein’s to pay $135,000 in “emotional damages” to the lesbian couple which ultimately led to the Klein’s closing down their bakery.
Desiring to take his Nazi tactics and campaign of terror against the little guy even further, Brad Avakian set his sights on Oregon’s Secretary of State post. (See Avakian’s campaign add below).
But on election night, November 8, the little guy fought back! And though Oregon is considered a “blue state” and offered up its seven electoral votes to Democrat Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton by an 11% margin, Brad Avakian lost his bid 4.4%.
His opponent, Republican Dennis Richardson, “is a trial lawyer from Central Point who began a 12-year career in the House in 2003, the same year Avakian came to the House. Richardson worked on the Legislature’s budget-writing committee, but was known as a fierce opponent of abortion and for decrying homosexuality.” — from Oregon Live.
And to make matters worse for Avakian, he is responsible for the first win by a Republican in a statewide election since 2002.
Brad Avakian’s Gestapo tactics and extreme left-wing political views were simply too much for one of the most liberal states in the country.
Voters saw Avakian for who he really was – an anti-Christian bully with no regard for the U.S. Constitution. And nobody likes a bully – especially a liberal bully.