Sweet Cakes by Melissa — Oregon bakery that refused lesbian wedding cake — shuts down

This sweet cake has turned sour.

On Thursday, Sweet Cakes by Melissa told the world it was officially shutting down operations via an announcement on its Facebook page, Gay Star News reported.

The Gresham-based bakery famously declined to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in August 2013.

At the time, co-owner Aaron Klein told the Oregonian that “he and his wife, Melissa, turn down requests to bake cakes for same-sex marriages because that goes against their Christian faith.”

In April 2015, a judge ruled that Aaron and Melissa Klein had discriminated against the couple, Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer. The bakeshop owners were ordered to pay the Bowman-Cryers $135,000 in damages, the Oregonianreported.

The Kleins crowdfunded the fee through a combination of GoFundMe and a “faith-based giving platform,” Continue to Give. In total, they raised more than three times the $150,000 they were seeking, or approximately $460,000.

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