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Bigoted Christian Bakers, After Raising More Than $500,000 Online, Finally Pay $135,000 Fine

Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron are the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Portland, Oregon. They were in the news a lot earlier this year for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, then releasing the couple’s information to the public, decisions that eventually cost them $135,000 in fines. They didn’t take a personal hit, however, as like-minded Christians donated more than $350,000 in one online fundraiser for them and more than $515,000 altogether.Despite the windfall, they hadn’t paid the fine. And they also weren’t taking the proper steps to file an appeal, either. It was a gross violation of the law.

Melissa Klein and her husband Aaron are the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Portland, Oregon. They were in the news a lot earlier this year for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, then releasing the couple’s information to the public, decisions that eventually cost them $135,000 in fines. They didn’t take a personal hit, however, as like-minded Christians donated more than $350,000 in one online fundraiser for them and more than $515,000 altogether.

Despite the windfall, they hadn’t paid the fine. And they also weren’t taking the proper steps to file an appeal, either. It was a gross violation of the law.

I guess they finally came to their senses, though, at least a little bit:

Aaron Klein, co-owner of the shuttered Sweet Cakes by Melissa, walked into the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries’ Portland office and handed over a check for $136,927.07, an amount including accrued interest, agency spokesman Charlie Burr said.

Even though the fine is now paid, they’re still appealing the decision, somehow claiming that discriminating against gay customers was an injustice to them as Christians. Because being an oppressor is the worst.

The state will wait to cash the check until the appeals process is complete.

(Image via Shutterstock. Thanks to Scott for the link. Large portions of this article were published earlier)

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