Bigoted Bakery That Discriminated Against Lesbian Couple Loses GoFundMe Account (SCREENSHOTS)

Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a bakery in Oregon that came under serious fire after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, has found itself on the receiving end of a ruling requiring them to pay $135,000 in damages. The couple, Aaron and Melissa Klein, didn’t have the money, and tried to raise it via the popular crowdfunding site GoFundMe. GoFundMe and other crowdfunding sites have become popular for people who want to raise money to make certain statements.

GoFundMe has a strict policy against fundraisers for lawbreakers, including places like Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Under that policy, GoFundMe promptly shut the fundraiser down. According to The New Civil Rights Movement, GoFundMe issued a statement that said:

“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.”

Needless to say, Sweet Cakes by Melissa is angry about it. They took to their Facebook page to inform everyone of the horrible injustice with:

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Of course, people are flocking to their defense, but many are pointing out the truth of this, even those who hold their own Christian beliefs.

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Apparently unfazed by all this, Sweet Cakes by Melissa posted a second update, saying that there was no legitimate breach of GoFundMe’s terms of service, and they’re working to get the account reinstated.

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Again, there were many supporters, but also many detractors. The detractors are the ones who see the reality of this situation:

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The difference between this and Memories Pizza of Indiana, which many think is the same thing, is that Memories Pizza merely made a statement about refusing to cater a same-sex wedding. They never actually refused service to anybody based on their orientation. Thus, that fundraising campaign was legit.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa, on the other hand, along with the florist in Washington, have actually been found in violation of the law. They flatly refused service to people based on sexual orientation, which violates state non-discrimination laws in both cases.

In any case, Sweet Cakes by Melissa will find ways to raise their money, and they’ll pay the award and court costs. Given these posts, though, it wouldn’t be surprising to see them “standing firm” the next time a gay couple comes into the bakery. Unless, of course, the entire LGBT community, along with their supporters, knows to stay away from them. Hopefully, they’ll learn a lesson, but it’s not likely.

 

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