The owners of an Oregon bakery are facing huge fines after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. Appearing at a press conference, they have made it clear that they are refusing to shy away from the controversy.
The press conference, which was held at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee, also featured former Fox Sports Southwest sportscaster Craig James, who claims he was fired from his broadcasting position due to his opposition on homosexuality. He too has said that he will not back down from his stance and outlined "their respective battles over religious freedom and conscience," according to the Blaze.
Aaron Klein, who runs the "Sweet Cakes" bakery along with his wife, is now facing a $150,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for the same-sex couple in Oregon. He told reporters that he believed that "the American people are not in line with what the government is doing" when it comes to gay marriage.
"It would almost appear that we have lost the battle of culture. As Christians I say that we can fight for our rights -- that we should fight for our rights," he continued. "It's painfully evident that it's something we do need to do at this juncture ... we're not called to win these battles ... we're called to put on the full armor of God and stand."
He went on to say that he thought that he and his wife could not cower and stay quiet about the situation.
"We are going to see this agenda forced down the throats of every American at some juncture," he told reporters. "I believe we have an obligation to the next generation to stand up for our freedoms not given by man, but given by God."
He went on to quote former president Ronald Reagan saying, "We're never more than one generation away from losing our freedom."
James also had a few words to say about his recent battle with Fox Sports for his viewpoints on the hot button social issue.
"The biblical definition of marriage is between a man and a woman," James said. "Fox Sports ... recruited me for a job. I went on the air, spent 24 hours and was fired the next day because some groups called and said, 'What about James' views?'
"I'm not standing here today willing to check my faith at the door," he continued. "You've got to stand up and be vocal."
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries recently found that the Kleins were guilty of discrimination and could be forced to pay the large fine.