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Oregon Bakery That Refused to Bake Same-Sex Marriage Cake Gets Huge Amount Of Support

In 2013, Oregon-based bakery Sweet Cakes was forced to close their bakery amid backlash regarding their personal decision to not bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding--citing their Christian beliefs as the reason for the refusal. They were also forced to pay $135,000 in fines. As a result, Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakery owners, raised $372,000 in two months on the Christian crowdfunding site called $372,000. To help cover their costs, the bakery owners set up a GoFundMe campaign that was soon shut down because the site said that the fund violated their Terms and Conditions as it involved "formal charges."

GoFundMe did allow the Kleins to keep the $109,000 raised so far. After GoFundMe shut down the couple's page, they amended their terms to state that fundraising would not be allowed for campaigns that were "in defense of formal charges or claims of heinous crimes, violent, hateful, sexual or discriminatory acts." In a statement, Aaron and Melissa said, "We are humbled and thankful for the generosity and support of the American public." They also told NBC News that they are unsure of how the extra funds will be used as they are still facing financial hardship since their bakery shut down two years ago.

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