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Antigay Sweet Cakes Bakery Now Out of Business

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Aaron and Melissa Klein abruptly announced the closure of their Gresham, Ore., bakery three and a half years after they ignited a firestorm by proudly refusing service to a same-sex couple.

Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer were denied a wedding cake from the Kleins, who claimed their "religious freedom" allowed them to turn away the women. The Bowman-Cryers says the Kleins seized the opportunity to exploit the situation and become darlings of the religious right.

After being fined $135,000 by the Oregon Bureau of Labor for violating the state's 2007 Equality Act, the Kleins refused to pay and appealed to their supporters, who showered them with over $500,000 in donations. The Kleins still appealed the Bureau of Labor's decision and the Bowman-Cryers said that, as of last month, they haven't received a penny in restitution.

Now, the humble bakery has shuttered, Towleroad reports. The bakery's Facebook page only states, "We have closed Sweet Cakes. We appreciate everyone's continued prayer and support!"

(RELATED: The Women Who Challenged Sweet Cakes on the Cost of Their Battle)

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