This sweet cake has turned sour.
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.