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Anti-Gay Bakery Raises Record Amount of Money

Company that refused wedding cake has received nearly $500K in donations
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2015 9:03 AM CDT
Anti-Gay Bakery Raises Record Amount of Money
This 2013 photo shows a "sold out" sign on the front door of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore.   (Everton Bailey Jr./The Oregonian via AP)

(Newser) – Things are working out for an Oregon bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. Though Sweet Cakes by Melissa shut its doors and had to pay $135,000 in damages to the lesbian couple it refused, donors have responded in record-breaking fashion, reports NBC News. Supporters have contributed $372,000 on the Christian crowd-funding site Continue to Give, the most ever at the site. On top of that, Aaron and Melissa Klein previously collected $109,000 at GoFundMe, notes the Oregonian, along with an undisclosed sum at Samaritan's Purse.

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GoFundMe eventually shut down the campaign there because the case involved legal charges—"Satan's really at work," the company posted at the time—and that's when the fundraising shifted to Continue to Give. "We are humbled and thankful for the generosity and support of the American public," say the Kleins in a statement. They didn't provide specifics on what they'll do with the money, but say they've endured "financial hardship" with their business shut down for two years now. (Read more gay marriage stories.)

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