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On Monday’s edition of "Washington Watch with Tony Perkins" owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, Aaron Klein, joins Tony to discuss the latest in their case. We just learned that not only have they been fined $135,000, they have been ordered not to speak about their case. Of course, the Kleins will not be silent. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) is here to highlight the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill that would further protect free speech for Americans of faith. Also, Senior Pastor of Elizabeth Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina, Rit Varriale, joins Tony to discuss the attention he's getting for deciding to fly the Christian flag above the American flag over the weekend. As an Army veteran, this is not an act of defiance, but showing where his first loyalty lies.

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Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in Obergefell v. Hodges that all states must license and recognize marriages between same-sex couples.  This decision could have devastating implications for institutions and individuals that hold the belief that marriage is between one man and one woman. We have seen state discrimination, and we need you to urge Congress to prevent federal discrimination against those who support natural marriage!  

Businesses and organizations continue to be threatened because of their owners’ faith.  An Oregon bakery owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein was fined $135,000 simply for declining to make a wedding cake for a same-sex wedding. Barronelle Stutzman, a grandmother in Washington state, had to close her floral business because of the crippling fees imposed on her for not providing flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding. 

Child welfare organizations, such as Lutheran Community Services and Catholic Charities, are being threatened by this decision to recognize same-sex marriage or face losing their ability to participate in federal programs or apply for federal grants. 

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Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins responded today to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision forcing the people in all 50 states to embrace same-sex “marriage,”  regardless of their votes to define marriage in their states as a man-woman institution.

Of the decision FRC President Tony Perkins said:

"Five justices on the Supreme Court have overturned the votes of 50 million Americans and demanded that the American people walk away from millennia of history and the reality of human nature.

“In reaching a decision so lacking in foundation in the text of the Constitution, in our history, and in our traditions, the Court has done serious damage to its own legitimacy.

 “No court can overturn natural law.  Nature and Nature’s God, hailed by the signers of our Declaration of Independence as the very source of law, cannot be usurped by the edict of a court, even the United States Supreme Court. 

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