Oregon Starts Legal Procedures To Get $135,000 Fine After Anti-Gay Bakers Refuse To Pay Damages
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has decided to take legal action against the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the bakery that refused to serve a lesbian couple after its owners Aaron and Melissa Kline have refused to pay the $135,000 the court ordered them to pay for breaking Oregon’s business anti-discrimination law.
The Klein’s were ordered in July to pay the money to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer for the emotional, physical and psychological damages they caused the couple by refusing them service.
But the Klein’s who have raised almost $500,000.00 from begging on various websites and by touring with the anti-gau hate group the Family Research Council remain defiante and will not pay.
According to Aaron Kline:
“There’s legal reasons and there’s also kind of personal reasons. If a civil court or a circuit court judge had made this order, I would consider it legally binding. But when a bureaucracy does it and I didn’t get due process, I don’t call it legally binding. A bond is going to cost roughly $7,000. That’s $7,000 I’m never going to get back, even if I won on appeal. Should I have to pay $7,000? I don’t think that’s fair.”
The Klein’s who began the process of appealing the July after a stay was denied say they plan on using the money from the “fundraisers” to pay their bills and “bless” others, instead of paying $135,000 fine.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries began the legal process to seize the money from Aaron and Melissa Klein last week