Sweet Cakes by Melissa breaks record on crowdfunding site

Portland, Ore. — (KGW)The Gresham bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple is breaking records with its crowdfunding campaign.

Sweet Cakes by Melissa was kicked off GoFundMe earlier this year, but has since raised more than $350,000 on the crowdfunding site Continue to Give. The growing total, which far exceeds the couple’s $150,000 goal, is the largest individual campaign in the history of the three-year-old site, the Washington Times reported. The couple previously netted more than $60,000 from Go Fund Me before that campaign was taken down.

The founder of Continue to Give, Jesse Wellhoefer, said he refused to remove the Sweet Cakes campaign despite “lots and lots” of complaints, according to the Washington Times.

The bakery owners, Aaron and Melissa Klein, were ordered to pay the couple $135,000 in damages, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries ruled July 2.

Aaron Klein said he has no plans to stop the Continue to Give campaign and there is no end date set.

“The future is unknown,” said Klein, who hasn’t been working at his job as a garbage collector since he injured his arm. “I don’t know what taxes are owed on this.”

Melissa Klein is also out of work, except for baking for family and friends.

Klein said he plans to appeal BOLI’s decision and if there is extra money when the legal battle is over, he might donate it to charity.

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