An Oregon bakery that was ordered to pay $135,000 after violating the state’s anti-discrimination law for refusing to provide a cake for a gay wedding just had its GoFundMe campaign yanked down.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christian owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, first made headlines back in September 2013 when they denied two lesbians a wedding cake, crowing that homosexuality was an “abomination unto the Lord.” In July 2014 they briefly made headlines again when they began marketing “ex-gay cakes” out of their home.
After seeing the serious paydays enjoyed by an antigay pizzeria in Indiana and a homophobic florist in Washington state, the clever Kleins decided they wanted in on the action. They raised more than $109,000 towards their $135,000 fine before GoFundMe put a stop to the campaign.
In a statement, GoFundMe said that it yanked the page because the campaign violated the policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”
“The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal,” the statement continued. “While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”
Naturally, the Kleins were not happy about this. They immediately took to Facebook to say this was the work of the devil:
We think this Facebook commenter said it best when she replied:
Better luck next time, Kleins.