Judge upholds $130K fine for Christian bakery who refused to make cake for lesbian wedding
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An Oregon judge has ruled that Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Portland will be forced to pay a $135,000 fine for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, said KOIN Channel 6 on Thursday.


Aaron and Melissa Klein closed their bakery and appealed the fine -- which they paid in 2015 but which has been held by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries since then.

However, a panel of three judges -- Joel DeVore, Chris Garrett and Bronson James -- ruled in favor of plaintiffs Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Pryor, whose 2013 wedding the Kleins refused to bake a cake for, sparking a national controversy.

Furthermore, the judges found that the Kleins intentionally inflicted emotional harm on the Bowman-Pryors by sharing their address and contact information online and urging Christians to bombard the couple with hate mail and try to have their children taken away.