After nearly two years in court, an administrative judge found that “Sweet Cakes By Melissa” did in fact break the law when the owners refused to bake a same-sex couple’s wedding cake. He recommended that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the bakery, be fined $135,000 for their indiscretion.
With all the hype drummed up by Memories Pizza in Indiana collecting nearly a million dollars for being bigots, the Kleins figured they’d follow suit, posting a link on their Facebook page to a GoFundMe campaign that was set up for them.
Intolerant right-wing bigots answered in true “Christian” fashion, donating more than $20K in four hours, with a reported $109K having been raised by the time GoFundMe shut down their campaign.
GoFundMe made it clear in a statement that people who break the law won’t be raising money to cover their fines on their site:
After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions.
The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.
It’s unfortunate that GoFundMe won’t be refunding all of the “donations” to the clowns who think giving money to ignorance instead of the needy is the Christian way, but they are, after all, running a business themselves, and their cut of that money is substantial.
They did, however, send a clear message to other haters: If you’re going to break the law and discriminate against people, collect the money for your fines elsewhere.
After the campaign was closed, the Kleins took to their Facebook page to blame Satan for not allowing them to collect free money for being anything but Christian, and promised that God had a plan and that they will prevail:
Evidently Go fund me has shut down our Go fund me page and will not let us raise any money. Satan’s really at work but I know our God has a plan and wins in the end!
Way to pander to weak-minded imbeciles who don’t understand that ten or twenty dollars could feed a whole lot of hungry people, provide shelter for a homeless veteran, or even help find a home for a stray puppy. Anything but free cash for losers would be money better spent.