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Oregon Bakery (Finally) Pays Fine For Refusing To Serve A Gay Couple

An Oregon bakery paid off the $135,000 fine levied against it in July after refusing to serve a lesbian couple in 2013 citing religious beliefs.

By Grant Suneson | December 29, 2015

An Oregon bakery has finally paid up after losing a discrimination lawsuit in July.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, denied a lesbian couple’s request for a wedding cake in 2013, referring to their marriage as an "abomination."

In July, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ordered the Kleins to pay $135,000 in damages to the couple for emotional suffering. 

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Oregon has prohibited discrimination against all LGBT citizens since 2008, and that includes private businesses.

But they had refused to pay until this week, when Aaron Klein dropped off a check for $135,000 plus nearly $2,000 in interest. (Video via The Daily Signal)

In its final decision, the bureau said: "This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business's refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal."

Sweet Cakes by Melissa received more than half a million dollars from supporters when the story made national news, which the Kleins used to pay off the fine. They have said they intend to appeal the decision. 

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