Sweet Cakes bakers send “expression of love” to LGBTQ groups

The former brick and mortar Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery.

The former brick and mortar Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery.

The owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

The owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.

The Washington Post reports that Aaron and Melissa Klein — the owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery who were ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple — have been sending a gift package to LGBT groups “to show that they care.”

The couple baked 10 cakes and drove them to California, where they worked with Ray Comfort — a Christian author and TV host who recently released Audacity, a film about homosexuality. Their goal was to send a message to lesbian and gay couples: despite theological differences, they still love them.

“We had been speaking to Ray about the movie,” Melissa Klein told The Blaze, “and Ray came up with the idea — ‘What about sending [gay rights groups] cakes?’ And I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, that is such an amazing idea.’”

After meeting with Comfort, The Kleins sent the cakes out to various LGBT groups along with a letter, a $25 gift card, and a copy of Audacity with each package. The 8″ cakes are topped by white, red, and blue frosting swirls, with a heart in the center that reads “We really do love you!” The patriotic color scheme was a deliberate choice to represent American freedom.

“We’re doing it in hopes that they can hopefully see [how] to understand us as being Christian, and why we believe the way we do — and why we do the things we do,” Ms. Klein said.

“They don’t understand the things we do. We wanted to have the cake represent freedom — that we all should have freedom and to live our lives the way we want to. But I also feel like I should have the right to live the way I want to, and that should be my choice.”

In 2013, the Kleins refused to make a wedding cake for lesbian couple Rachel-Cryer Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer.

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