Bakery Owners Pay $135K Over Gay Wedding Cake

Oregon couple still planning to appeal ruling
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2015 2:42 AM CST
Anti-Gay Bakery Owners Cough Up $135K
This Feb. 5, 2013, photo shows Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Ore.   (Everton Bailey Jr./The Oregonian via AP, File)

An Oregon bakery that refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple and then refused to pay the $135,000 damages award that ensued has decided to finally pay up. A spokesman for the state Bureau of Labor and Industries tells KOIN that Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, paid $136,927.07 on Monday to settle the damages and interest. The spokesman says that with the help of a private collections agency, the bureau had already recovered around $7,000 from a garnished bank account belonging to Aaron and Melissa Klein, who closed their bakery in 2013 and now run the business from home.

The couple was ordered to pay damages after authorities decided they had violated the civil rights of the two women who ordered a wedding cake. The Kleins' lawyer tells the Oregonian that they still plan to appeal the ruling, but they decided it didn't make sense to rack up interest charges while the case was pending. "The prudent thing to do, given the generosity of people who have contributed funds, was to take care of it and continue the fight," he says. And supporters have definitely been generous: The Kleins have received more than $515,000 from supporters since their case became national news, including at least $400,000 from a Continue to Give campaign that's still receiving a steady stream of donations. (This baker in Denver refused to make a "God hates gays" cake.)

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