Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon, refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, and were subsequently found to have violated Oregon's anti-discrimination law (video below).
The story originally broke in 2013, noted Fox 16 Oregon.
The Kleins have since been painted as victims of the state by conservative Christians after being fined $135,000 and told not to publicize to their discrimination practices against gay people.
Multiple online campaigns have raised money for the Klein's $135,000 fine, notes The Christian Post.
The Illinois Family Institute, the Family Research Council and Focus on the Family have all come out in support of the Kleins.
Evangelist preacher Rev. Franklin Graham wrote on Facebook this week: "Give me a break. In my opinion, this couple should pay the Kleins $135,000 for all they’ve been through!"
What the Kleins' supporters didn't mention is that the lesbian couple allegedly received threats that were reportedly enabled by Aaron Klein.
The Oregonian reported, "(Rachel Bowman-Cryer) said the threats were part of a stream of 'hateful, hurtful things' that came after the couple's contact information (home address, phone and email) was posted on Aaron Klein's personal Facebook page. She said she feared for her life and her wife's life."
"(Rachel Bowman-Cryer) disclosed that she and Laurel felt an even greater level of stress because they were foster parents for two young girls and feared they might lose the children."
"She said they spoke to state adoption officials who told them it was the couple's responsibility to protect the children and keep privileged information confidential, even as their own privacy was threatened by news coverage of the case."
On July 2, Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries issued a press release on its final order which said:
"This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because o f their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.
"Within Oregon’s public accommodations law is the basic principle of human decency that every person, regardless of their sexual orientation, has the freedom to fully participate in society. The ability to enter public places, to shop, to dine, to move about unfettered by bigotry...
The BOLI Final Order awards $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for emotional suffering stemming directly from unlawful discrimination."
Sources: The Christian Post, Illinois Family Institute, Franklin Graham/Facebook, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, The Oregonian, Fox 12 Oregon, Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries / Image Credit: Screenshot via Fox 12 Oregon