There is a limit to going after people who don’t agree with same-sex marriage, according to some of its supporters. This is reassuring…

Last week an Oregon judge fined the former owners of a bakery $135,000 for refusing a request to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding back in January 2013.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, had to shut down their business after clients withdrew patronage following a formal complaint by the lesbian couple. Their income has fallen by half and they say the fine is enough to potentially bankrupt their family of seven. 

The proposed fine will now go to state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who can either accept it or adjust the amount in issuing a final order, which is expected to arrive this summer, reports the Daily Signal. The Kleins have signaled they plan to appeal the judge’s ruling.

Meanwhile, supporters of the Kleins opened an appeal at a crowd-funding site but, within a day, GoFundMe had shut down the appeal — though not before $100,000 had been raised for the Kleins. GoFundMe cited a company condition prohibiting “campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.”

What Mr Klein did by saying, “Sorry, we can’t do that,” to the wedding cake request is not a crime of any sort, let alone a “heinous” one. The Klein’s lawyers point out that the case was heard by an administrative court and there has been no opportunity or a jury or even a final order to be issued in the case yet.

So what do Americans think about the shut down — is it fair? Daily Signal news reporter Kelsey Harkness asked people from both sidea of the marriage debate outside the Supreme Court yesterday.

 

Carolyn Moynihan

Carolyn Moynihan is the former deputy editor of MercatorNet