Oregon Starts Legal Procedures To Get $135,000 Fine After Anti-Gay Bakers Refuse To Pay Damages

Sweet Cakes Refuses To Pay Fine

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

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5 Responses

  1. Kathy Johnson says:

    Yeah, bless this….smdh

  2. Kathy Johnson says:

    These people who hide behind their Christianity makee sick. If any of us “heathens” were given such a judgement you can bet your happy ass they’d be the first to cry foul. Don’t go blessing people, just pay up.

  3. Etien De Lamothe Cassel says:

    Sue them into bankruptcy, they have already lost their bricks and mortar shop. They are baking from home, that in itself seems questionable from a health department standpoint. Sue them there too.

  4. Fred says:

    I say if they don’t wanna pay, let the law take them to jail where they belong. The judge will order their wages be garnished or take it out of their business because they can afford to pay. All businesses have a code of professional ethics, regardless of their religious beliefs. Sounds to me these people are not professional enough to have the business so maybe this judge should sell that business, take the money that’s owed to the couple, make these people pay all the court costs and fees and if there’s anything left donate it to the local LGBT community.

What do you think?