To hear the enraged right wing media tell it, the Christian couple who landed in legal trouble for discriminating against a same-sex couple was driven out of business by the left-wing bully militant mob squad. While it is humorous to think that the LGBTQ community has that much power, that is hardly the true story.
After Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, they faced a lawsuit claiming discrimination.
An administrative judge declared in April 2015 that the bakers should pay $135,000 in damages. The Oregon Bureau of Labor (BOLI) agreed with that ruling and ordered the Christian couple to pay the sum in July 2015. The Kleins paid the fine in December but it is being held in escrow while they appeal.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa closed the doors of their brick and mortar business in 2013 but had been continuing to sell goods online until a few months ago, according to attorney Hiram Sasser. Now that too has come to an end, which they announced recently on their Facebook page.
While it may seem like all of this would result in financial difficulties for the couple, they have actually made out quite well on the deal. Not only have they received over $420,000 in donations from supporters through Continue to Give, a record for the site, they also hit the conservative speaking circuit to tell their tale of woe.
“The Kleins were literally run out of business by an anti-Christian mob,” writes Fox’s Todd Starnes, in an article titled, “Family bakery closes after left-wing bullies finally get their pound of cake.”
“It’s hard to believe that something like this could happen in the land of the free, the home of the brave,” he continues.