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