Cryer and Bowman lodged a complaint with the State of Oregon, and in August Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner, Brad Avakian, launched an investigation into the matter. In January 2014, Avakian announced that the Kleins were guilty of unlawfully discriminating against the lesbian couple based on their sexual orientation.
Meanwhile, in September 2013, due to homonazi harassment, death threats, and demonstrations, the Kleins had been forced to close their shop and move the business into their home. Now, at the end of September 2014, the hearing before an administrative judge has been moved by Labor Commissioner Avakian from October 2014 to March 2015, keeping the Kleins in limbo for over two years.
There are two salient facts that need to be considered here in order to fully understand this situation. First, lesbian marriage was not legal in Oregon until 19 May 2014. So why all the fuss over a January 2013 refusal to bake a lesbian wedding cake? In order to answer that question, we need to be aware of the second fact.
Brad Avakian is originally from California.
Thus a thriving family business has been destroyed by the same homonazis that tried – and failed – to destroy Chick-fil-A back in July 2012. But why? Why would two lesbians deliberately target a Christian bakery in Oregon to bake a cake they couldn't possibly use in Oregon at the time? And why would the queer community harass them out of business, and why did the Oregon Commissioner of Labor use the law to persecute them in direct violation of their First Amendment rights?
It's been my observation over many years that the smaller the dog, the louder the bark. Similarly, the smaller the man, the more belligerent he tends to be. This is a natural counteraction to fear that is observable in all animals. If you're not big enough to beat them, try scaring the hell out of them.
According to a 2011 report from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School, only 1.7% of American men and women are queer. Even if you include the additional 1.8% who identify as bisexual, that's still a very small portion of the population. Could all this harassment of the normal community be a simple reaction to fear? But what are queers afraid of?
Could it be the same thing the original Nazis were afraid of? The nagging knowledge that what they are doing is wrong?