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Oregon Bakery Who Refused Wedding Cake To Lesbian Couple Raises Record-Breaking Amount Of Money

The Oregon-based bakery, which refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple and was forced to pay $135,000 in fines, has raised a record-breaking amount of money on a Christian crowdfunding site. 

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, raised $372,000 in just two months on the site Continue To Give. The couple closed their bakery in 2013 amid backlash for their decision to not bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding, citing their Christian beliefs as the reason for the refusal. 

The bakery owners were ordered to pay a total of $135,000 in damages to the couple for emotional suffering. 

To help cover the costs, the bakery owners set up a GoFundMe campaign that was soon shut down by the site, which said that the fund violated their Terms and Conditions as it involved "formal charges."

GoFundMe did allow the Kleins to keep the $109,000 raised for their fund, however.

When the couple's page was shut down, the company amended their terms to state that fundraising would not be allowed for campaigns that were "in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts."

After the GoFundMe page was shut down, a new fund was started on the Christian crowdfunding site Continue To Give. Through that fund, the bakery owners surpassed their goal by $222,000, the most money a personal fundraiser has reached on that site to date, according to founder Jesse Wellhoefer.

In a statement, Aaron and Melissa said, "We are humbled and thankful for the generosity and support of the American public."

They told NBC News that they are unsure of how the extra funds will be used and what other costs are connected to their case. They said they are still facing financial hardship since their bakery shut down two years ago.

Sources: NBC News, Daily Mail / Photo credit: Daily Mail


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