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Bakers who refused to make wedding cake for gay couple finally fork over their $136,000 fine

Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa, owners of the Portland bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, finally paid the damages after refusing to do so for nearly 6 months.

The owners of a bakery in Oregon who refused to cater to a same-sex couple last year, have finally agreed to pay state-ordered damages in the amount of $136,000.

Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa, owners of the Portland bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, finally paid the damages after refusing to do so for nearly 6 months. Klein and his staff had refused to make a wedding cake for lesbian couple Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, claiming that it was against their religious beliefs.

A two year court battle ensued, which ended with the couple being fined $136,000 by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI). According to BOLI, the owners’ refusal to make the cake goes against Oregon’s anti-discrimination laws, which prohibit businesses from refusing to serve potential customers based on their gender presentation or sexual orientation.

BOLI stated in its ruling that:

“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”

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Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. (Photo by Ryan LaBriere)

Sweet Cakes is less than apologetic. Their website cites bible passages on virtually every page, many of which ring incredibly flat or snide in the light of the two year court battle they just lost over their discriminatory policies. Their contact page is, in fact, more bible verses than actual contact information. The Sweet Cakes homepage is possibly the most snide of all.

“We here at Sweet Cakes strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives, we feel truely honored when we are chosen to do the cake for your special day.” 

If the cakes at Sweet Cakes are crafted with as much care as their poorly spelled website, perhaps the LGBT community is better off without them.

Featured image via YouTube

 

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  1. Renegade98 (@Renegade98)

    December 29, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    The fine looks good on this bigoted couple….

  2. Liam Elms

    December 29, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    The article fails to mention the almost half million dollars raised by the Kleins on two different crowdfunding sites. Also the fine wasn’t for refusing to bake a cake, it was for causing emotional damage to the Bowman-Cryers by publishing their contact info.

  3. BobF

    December 29, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    It’s good to see the libtards slather over this case – if I were the baker I would perhaps have made the cake, but just not very well. I mean, who would insist on buying a product or service from a place that declined their business?

    Perhaps I will find a catering company owned by Muslims or Kosher Jews and ask them to cater a party with BBQ pork and bacon – and then sue them if they don’t comply to my demands.

  4. EqualRights4All

    December 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    but still ignorant as f#ck, religion only in america

  5. EqualRights4All

    December 29, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Was has this to do with Muslims or Jews? Most believers prove to be stupid every time.. This is not what ‘your god’ wanted…

  6. Erica

    December 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    The difference in the situation that you described is that the Muslim/Kosher business doesn’t serve pork to anyone. It’s not on their menu. They have a right to make their own menu. This business’s business is wedding cakes and they are picking and choosing who can go there. They DON’T have the right to discriminate.

  7. ATR

    December 29, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Muslim bakers refused to make cakes for these types of couples as well. Not a peep.

  8. Guy Postings

    December 29, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    The only thing I could find that you might be referring to is this. I recommend you read it and perhaps check your sources in the future. \_(“3)_/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-stone/rush-limbaugh-dearborn-an_b_7002854.html

  9. Lisa Armstrong

    December 29, 2015 at 9:51 pm

    You do know the fine is actually about publishing the names, home address, and phone number of the couple they refused on their website. This caused death threats and harassment not only of the couple but also of their children. I wonder how you would react to having your information shared with people that in turn threaten you and your children? Perhaps as a Christian you should question the morals of supposed Christians that promote attacks like this.

  10. Simon Peters

    December 29, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    Sounds like a rumor – where are your facts?

  11. Paul

    December 30, 2015 at 1:37 am

    How does a guy with earrings who makes cakes for a living feel justified in condemning anyone else’s sexual orientation – must be dark in that closet.

  12. Clifford T Smith

    December 30, 2015 at 3:01 am

    The instant you discover a Muslim business that makes wedding cakes refusing to do so for a same sex couple please share it. I am not saying it has not or could not happen, I am just pointing out that that business must answer the exact same charge of discrimination.

  13. Kit9

    December 30, 2015 at 6:15 am

    Hmmm. You need to link or shut up. I smell a lie.

  14. Kit9

    December 30, 2015 at 6:18 am

    In another article I read where they were adamant that the government took their tithe account. If they were tithing then why was there so much money in that account. Obviously the answer is that God wanted his money and he wanted it NOW! Kleins, if you were giving this money to God then you’ll never miss it now will you?

  15. PJ720

    December 30, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Why don’t the LGBT community go to a Muslim baker and ask them to bake a cake for their wedding? Wonder what would happen? Nothing! Since the LGBT community is only after the Christian for their stance on same sex marriage.

  16. Harry Johnson

    December 30, 2015 at 6:52 am

    Ya those dykes look like a couple of truck drivers.

  17. Ken in Arizona (@dayo1946)

    December 30, 2015 at 7:02 am

    It’s simply about control and submission. You “will” bake a cake and you “will” like it.

  18. kidderjeffrey

    December 30, 2015 at 8:34 am

    So, Huckabee was proud to support these people in their attempts to violate the law? Kind of disqualifies him to run for president doesn’t it? At the very least, it shows him to be too short-sighted to serve in that position. You don’t want to make that cake? Fine, close your business and move on, but you don’t get to force your cult’s beliefs on me, either……

  19. Melinda Killie

    December 30, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Yea, these two bigots found out the “hard way” that karma is a bitch! LOLOLOL! Justice is SERVED! Lap it up, you two bigoted hound dogs!

  20. Melinda Killie

    December 30, 2015 at 8:43 am

    BobF. What a childish post. Just shows how childish, petty, and stupid the gop assholes can be when they paint themselves in a corner with their stupidity and can’t get out of the mess THEY put THEMSELVES into. Dumb Ass!

  21. Mike Stalder

    December 30, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
    go ahead and cheat a friend.

    You can do it in the name of heaven,
    you can justify it in the end….

  22. TimS

    December 30, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Amen Melinda … Anyone who uses the phrase “libtard” is an automatic ass. It’s a version of the word “retard,” which is picking on the mentally challenged. Which is funny, cuz BobF seems like he couldn’t tie his own shoes without a YouTube video and plenty of practice.

  23. lovinliberal

    December 30, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Do you think you will find a Kosher Jew or Muslim in that situation? I bet not.

  24. lovinliberal

    December 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

    My dad, who is an ordained minister, would never have done business with a man who wore an earring. Just saying how silly the whole we’re more righteous than you attitude is.

  25. sharonjesse58

    December 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Looks to me like they are money grubbing bitches! Shame on them, they could have gone somewhere else for their cake. No just make someones Christian beliefs public ridicule, and taking all their money away is justice? I think not! Spiteful bitches in my opinion,

  26. Sandy

    December 30, 2015 at 9:44 am

    You are a mean spirited person, I hope you realize that all people have rights, even people who you may disagree with, If you are a Christian maybe you should find it in your heart to understand that. No one should be insulted in the way you have insulted Liberals or mentally challenged people. It actually appears to reflect more back on you in a negative way.

  27. ANgela Scarlett

    December 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

    As a business owner, you should obey all the laws of the state where your business is- if you don’t want to comply with the law based on religious beliefs, then go to a state which would allow you to do so!

  28. Privacy laws supporter

    December 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Personally, I do not see it as a religious thing at all. What I see that these bakers did wrong was posting the couples personal information in the lines of their names, address, etc… which resulted in folks with nothing better to do, than making threats to this couple and their family. Yes, in a way it can be called discrimination but also it should be called a violation of a customer’s or potential customer’s personal information. No legitimate business would disclose any information about any customer. In this case this business was unprofessional and should have know better than to publically publish this personal information. The discrimination part I see in it was they purposely posted the personal information to promote discrimination against this couple and their family.

  29. Jim Klass

    December 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Say that to their faces.

  30. ie.burton

    December 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Thats why I don’t trust so called Christians I am 71 and have not met a Honest ones. Sunday is to repent so they can be nasty the rest of the week.

  31. Patricia Round

    December 30, 2015 at 11:22 am

    In case you haven’t noticed, women are truck drivers. Bigot much?

  32. James C

    December 30, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    There children were threat helped? First off how do lesbians have children? You put two female dogs in a yard, can they give birth to puppies. I’m a small business owner and I’ll work for whoever I choose to. This is ridiculous. Where is our freedom in America. Your free to be gay but were not free to choose who we serve! Makes no sense.

  33. James C

    December 30, 2015 at 12:07 pm

    Spell correct oops. Threatened ^

  34. Gene

    December 30, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    That’s just is not the same thing. You compared forcing a business to do what they don’t currently do (serve pork) to one that refused to make something that they make all the time for their business (cake) but just not for “those people” Not the same thing at all, so if anyone is a “tard” it is you for thinking those are the same things.

  35. Leah Brown Blanchard

    December 30, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    Do some research and find out why the couple had to pay the fine. It had nothing to do with the cake. They posted the address and phone numbers of the couple who wanted the cake which resulted in threats against them and their family. Not a very Christian thing to do. In fact it was very cowardly and hurtful. I think they should have paid a lot more and should have had to give back all the money that they raised.

  36. ZL

    December 30, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Those “Christians” released the couple’s private information, and the couple received THREATS against them and their children. Now, tell me which part of that is “Christian” and in the Bible?

  37. ZL

    December 30, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    You do realize this is the 21st Century, and fertilization of an ovum is not only done through men and women fornicating? That’s why there are fertility clinics and sperm donors. Secondly, there’s this magical thing called “adoption,” the thing Pro-life folks swear up and down is better than abortion. There are gay couples just waiting to adopt a child, so I don’t know what your issue is.

  38. Stefan Motz

    December 30, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Do truck drivers also hurt your religious beliefs? You must be under a lot of pressure from your imaginary friend. Relax, hate is bad for you.

  39. Mark G

    December 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    You can correct “There” as well. Thesis isthmus. Open a business, obey the laws of the state you are in. Don’t want to obey the laws, you should not open the business. BTW, if you tiny past your snide comments, I bet you can figure out just how same sex couples may’ve children. One possibility: adoption. There re other ways, too.

  40. Harry Johnson

    December 30, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Faces?? How can one even look at them??

  41. Harry Johnson

    December 30, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I am religion neutral. But a pervert is a perverts. And nobody should be forced to serve those 2 perverts or any other pervert.

  42. Legion of Reason

    December 30, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Not to mention that it’s “you’re” and not “your”….

  43. KH

    December 30, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    @harryjohnson you’re a bigot too…and a troll! Try getting out and living a little instead of judging the world from behind your keyboard!

  44. lou

    December 30, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Both these women’s parents were Hetrosexuals, who got married under God in a church w/a license, and are still loved by their parents. Takes 2 Hetrosexuals to make 1 LGBT, so careful w/your bigotry, because God is watching you, and he could bless you w/a LGBT, in spit of it all.

  45. Katie

    December 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    They’re both foster children the couple plans to adopt (if the paperwork hasn’t already gone through).

    This article leaves out a lot.

  46. Stefan Motz

    December 30, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Perverts? What makes you think that lesbians are perverts? It’s your ignorance that makes you a bigot. Nobody is forcing you to watch them make love to each other. And if you just imagine them do what’s against your ethics, then you are the perv.

  47. Dinesh Wicks

    December 31, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Bobf and the other conservative morons on here, you’re arguments about pork and Muslims and Jews are so ridiculously stupid.
    These people weren’t asking for a gay cake, they were asking for A CAKE.
    They weren’t asking for the bakery to be gay, the weren’t asking them to have gay sex while making the cake .. They were just asking them to make a cake, the same type of cake they make everyday for heterosexual couples.
    And yes if a Muslim refused to serve someone because they were Christian, or a Christian refused to serve a Jew or a Jew refused to serve a Muslim the same thing would happen.
    And of course they would be perfectly within their rights to refuse to use specific ingredients, you couldn’t go into a vegan restaurant and ask for a steak either.
    You guys need to start using your brains.
    You’re wasting our oxygen

  48. Harry Johnson

    December 31, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    Ya pervert means not normal. And being a lesbo is not normal. And if you think it is you are a pervert as well..

  49. Harry Johnson

    December 31, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    @KH Nope I am a truth teller. Quit being a cry baby.

  50. kidderjeffrey

    December 31, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    Better a cry baby than an ignorant bigot. The way people laugh at pictures of Klansmen wearing their robes in the 30’s, and call them fools, that’s the same way people will be laughing and calling you a fool in 20 years. Is that the legacy you want to leave for your grandchildren? Is that the way you want to be remembered, as Ol’ Uncle Harry, the ignorant bigot? Take my advice, open your mind and get on the right side of history now, they’ll remember you a lot more fondly after you’re gone…….

  51. Harry Johnson

    December 31, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Well my grand kids would be kicking the crap out of yours for being homos.

  52. Mike

    December 31, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    This debate has retreated to an ISIS group trying to justify their utter lack of humanity towards other humans. Hard to believe they have made inroads into the USA…but listen to the hate speech.

  53. kidderjeffrey

    December 31, 2015 at 10:56 pm

    Actually, if they can stay away from you (and I’m sure they’ll try….) they might develop into useful human beings. I’ll still have to feel sorry for them for the handicap (grandpa) they have to get over. But, I’m confident they can scrape the slime off their feet , and move forward to have respectable, productive lives……

  54. Harry Johnson

    December 31, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    @kidderjeffrey The slime they scrape off their feet is the crap you spew from your homolovin mouth. the whole time you are sitting in your mommas basement dreaming how glad you are that your grand kids turned queer.

  55. kidderjeffrey

    December 31, 2015 at 11:52 pm

    How pathetic……I truly feel sorry for you. Kinda embarrassed for your parents, too.

  56. A. Human

    December 31, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    You troll happy comment whores are amazing. The fines weren’t paid to the lesbian couole, they were paid to the state. The bakers didn’t just to refuse to bake a cake for a random citizen for a random reason, they chose to discriminate. The ignorant conservative posts are just as offensive as the ignorant liberal posts…just as much hate in either side. Christians refusing to do anything for any one in the name of their religion aren’t being Christian. As much as I loathe the mythology of the Bible and the wonderful sect of zealots beating it, I do believe the message (in at least some of it) was to love thy neighbour.

  57. A. Human

    December 31, 2015 at 11:58 pm

    Careful folks, only Lou here can be a bigot (so long as he has God on his side).

  58. Harry Johnson

    January 1, 2016 at 3:50 am

    What you feel is that gerbil trying get out.

  59. kidderjeffrey

    January 1, 2016 at 5:54 am

    Maybe, if they’re lucky, they have other kids. Ones they can be proud of……

  60. itsjim

    March 2, 2016 at 11:08 am

    Should we “Libtards” have a WAAAMbulance ready for you in case you choke?

  61. itsjim

    March 2, 2016 at 11:11 am

    He is doubting his homosexuality, it will pass.

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