The couple who owned the bakery closed their storefront but are still in business online.
The bakery must pay up to $150,000, and the judge’s Friday decision of $135,000 will be approved or amended by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian.
Melissa and Aaron Klein turned down a request to make the couple a cake at their business in the Portland suburb of Gresham in January 2013 after learning they were lesbians.
The women left Sweet Cakes upset about the incident, and later, one of them filed a complaint with the state.
In their statement issued on Friday, the bureau stated: “The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants. Our agency is committed to fair and thorough enforcement of Oregon civil rights laws, including the Equality Act of 2007″.
Oregon Live reports that at least $60,000 had been raised by the Christian bakers before “GoFundMe” brought the hammer down on the entire situation. The Oregon attorney general’s office soon launched an investigation against the Klein’s as the state’s non-discrimination laws prevent public accommodations from being denied to any individual on the basis of “race, color, religion, sex [or] sexual orientation”. “The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal”.
Tony Perkins is President of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council.
However “GoFundMe” said the parlor had not broken that state’s law.
It’s not exactly clear what led “GoFundMe” to drop the fundraising drive – but Perkins blamed it on gay activists.
Samaritan’s Purse is an evangelical Christian organization run by Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham. It’s unclear how much has been donated. The website can be found here.
The mother told Klein she had once thought like him, but her “truth had changed” when she had two gay children. “This is coming out of personal property”. For the sake of the First Amendment, let’s hope that our right not to be forced to violate our faith is one of them. “They want to put us out on the street”. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article. “They won’t be satisfied until we lose everything”. Instead, drunk with power, the jackbooted fascists roam the streets, celebrating their conquests as they search for new victims and invent new ways to take them out.
Donations were also being accepted on “GoFundMe”, another crowd funding website, but that campaign has since been removed.
This Sunday, churches across the country will show a video telling the story of Aaron and Melissa Klein as a part of “Stand for Marriage Sunday” – an event held in advance of Tuesday’s Supreme Court oral arguments on marriage. I sell stuff. I talk with them.