Christian Bakers Defying Court Order To Pay Fine To Gay Couple
Aaron and Melissa Klein, pictured here being applauded by the Family Research Council, were fined for revealing personal information online about the lesbian couple they refused to serve.
The Kleins were ordered to pay the $135,000 not because of the cake, but due to the emotional and physical suffering experienced by Rachel and Laurel.
Aaron reportedly posted a copy of Laurel’s complaint (to the Oregon Department of Justice) on his Facebook page, which included the lesbian couple’s names, address and phone number. Rachel and Laurel got hundreds of threatening messages, noted Willamette Week in July. It became so bad that Rachel and Laurel moved to Washington State.
Aaron claimed that he was unaware that Rachel and Laurel’s personal information was on the complaint that he made public on Facebook, but the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries didn’t buy that argument and issued the fine…
The Kleins’ attorney asked the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries twice to delay the payment requirement while the Kleins’ case works its way through the Oregon Court of Appeals, but those requests have been refused because the Kleins received nearly $500,000 in donations when their story of supposed Christian persecution went public, notes Willamette Week.