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GoFundMe Removes Baronelle Stutzman/Flowers By Arlene’s Fundraising Page – And We Helped!

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On Saturday we reported that shortly after Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa were fined $135,000.00 dollars by the Oregon Bureau of Labor for breaking the states anti-gay discrimination law by refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex couple the “Christian” couple set up a GoFundMe page to to raise money to cover the fine.  Before it reached its goal GoFundMe rightfully pulled the page for violating its Terms and Conditions.

Via GoFundMe:

“After careful review by our team, we have found the “Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa” campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. 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.”

Seeing this Back2Stonewall and it’s followers  contacted GoFundMe to report another fraudulent page.  That of Baronelle Stutzman  the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington and whom the right-wing has turned into Grandma Maryr because she broke Washington states anti-discrimination law and  refused to put together a flower arrangement for a gay couple’s wedding in 2013.

Stutzman, who was ordered to pay a whopping  a $1000 fine, plus $1 for court costs and fees has been raising right-wing welfare on GFM for the past there weeks and had raised over $170 thousand dollars.

That is until today when after being contacted by this website GoFundMe removed her page and cancelled her fundraiser.

I want to thank all of our readers and followers on Facebook that reached out to GoFundMe over the weekend.   No one should be able to profit from bigotry and hatred.

Especially when they are so cowardly to hide behind a false face of religion.

Speaking of which…….

 

Dana Loesch.

 

 

Oregon Bakery Fined $135,000 For Discriminating Against Gay Couple. GoFundMe Bans Fundraising Page

Sweet Cakes

 

Over two years ago in January of 2013,  Rachel Bowman and her mother went to their local Gresham, Oregon bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, to order a wedding cake.  The owners of the bakery Aaron Klein and his wife Melissa Klein refused the order, their reason, as they told Rachel and her mom, was that Rachel was marrying a woman, and baking a cake for a same-sex couple, they said, violated their Christian faith.

“I’m very sorry, I believe I have wasted your time,” Aaron Klein says he told Rachel Bowman in his court testimony. “We do not do cakes for same sex weddings.” Klein testified he also quoted Leviticus to Bowman and her mother.

Yesterday , a judge from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) awarded Rachel Bowman-Cryer $75,000, and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, and the discrimination they faced at the hands of the Klein’s and because of the verified death threats they  received  after their personal contact information was posted to Aaron Klein’s personal Facebook page.

Brad Avakian, The Oregonian reports.

The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Klein’s unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants,” the BOLI ruling states. “Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot turn customers away because of race, sex, disability, age or religion. Our agency is committed to fair and thorough enforcement of Oregon civil rights laws, including the Equality Act of 2007.”

The Klein’s have become well paid martyrs for religious right, have traveled the country for the past two years being well paid to attend anti-gay events such as the Family Research Council’s Values Voters Conference  have claimed the lawsuit had  bankrupted them and forced them out of business, which were scripted  lies.

After Melissa Klein took to Facebook to announce the ruling, and to link to a GoFundMe account set up for them but not for long

Lisa Watson, of the bakery Cupcake Jones, started her own campaign to contact GoFundMe and report the campaign as being in violation of their terms of service. Watson’s own post on Facebook stated, “this business has been found GUILTY OF DISCRIMINATION and is being allowed to fund-raise to pay their penalty. The GoFundMe terms of service address hate speech, bigotry, criminal activity, and sexism among other things in their campaign…The amount of money they have raised in a matter of a few hours by thousands of anonymous cowards is disgusting.

Late Friday night GoFundMe removed the Sweet Cakes campaign.

Via GoFundMe:

“After careful review by our team, we have found the “Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa” campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. 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.”

Melissa Klein blamed Satan.

 

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