“Gay rights” activists have worked to shut down a fundraising campaign for a Christian bakery defending itself against the gay agenda.
Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein, first became the target of the pro-sodomy crowd in 2013, when it refused to cater to two women demanding a cake for their “wedding.” The lesbian couple sued, and on Friday, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries imposed provisional damages of $135,000 on the Kleins. Apparently the women who were denied a cake suffered emotional distress at the hands of the bakers' “discrimination.”
The Kleins wrote, “This money will not come from the business, but instead would have to be paid from money that should be going to pay for food and housing for us and our 5 children.”
The same day the fine was announced, however, a crowd-funding campaign was started for the bakery, which drew in more than $109,000 within just a few hours. The fundraiser was pulled from the site, though, after “LGBTQ” activists complained to GoFundMe, the fund's hosting platform. They claimed the campaign violated its Terms and Conditions.
“This business has been found GUILTY OF DISCRIMINATION and is being allowed to fundraise to pay their penalty,” one activist's Facebook post read. “The gofundme [sic] terms of service address hate speech, bigotry, criminal activity, and sexism among other things in their campaign,” she complained. “The amount of money they have raised in a matter of a few hours by thousands of anonymous cowards is disgusting.”
GoFundMe then closed the fund, issuing the following statement:
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.
A new fund started by a Christian group is now up. The Kleins' business now operates out of the family's home, as it had to close its storefront because of financial trouble.