The married opposite-sex couple behind Sweet Cakes by Melissa are digging in their heels and defying Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industry, The New Civil Rights Movement reports.
The governmental body fined Melissa and Aaron Klein $135,000 back in July for the couple's refusal to accommodate a wedding cake order for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, and for allegedly publishing the same-sex couple's home address in the Klein's very public response to the state's lawsuit. BOLI officials ordered the Kleins to pay the fine to the Bowman-Cryers "for emotional suffering stemming directly from unlawful discrimination."
But the Kleins are proudly telling right-wing media, including Glenn Beck's The Blaze, that they're dodging the fine. The Kleins have already received donations and crowd-funding money to the tune of $500,000, so coming up with the money is not the issue. It's principle and precedent, they say.
“We feel like we shouldn’t have to pay when we haven’t even gotten due process,” Melissa Klein told The Blaze. “We also feel like we’re taking a stand for the next person... that this could happen to. We don’t want to set a precedent. We want to fight this, and we want to fight this all the way."
But they'll be holding on to that half-million, Melissa added: "Right now, we're not touching that money, because we don't know what the future holds."