Bakery Pays $135,000 After Denying Service To Same-Sex Couple

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PORTLAND, Ore. — An Oregon bakery ponyed up — six months late — after refusing to pay $135,000 in state-ordered damages for denying service to a same-sex couple.

Aaron Klein, co-owner of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa, dropped off a check Monday (Dec. 28) for $136,927.07, which includes accrued interest, according to KPIX. Klein also paid $7,000 earlier this month.

In July, Aaron and Melissa Klein were ordered to pay for causing emotional suffering to Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer when the bakery refused to make the couple a wedding cake in 2013, KPIX reported.  The Kleins said they refused because of their religious beliefs.

Oregon legislators passed a law in 2007 that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment, and businesses.

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