Oregonians are mobilizing on social media as local cupcake wars heat up.
After Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners, Melissa and Aaron Klein, were recommended to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing service in January 2013, Portland-based Cupcake Jones owner, Lisa Watson, contacted GoFundMe about the Kleins’ campaign to pay legal fees.
The Kleins said making the cake for a same sex wedding would violate their Christian beliefs.
The couple said they were forced to close the Sweet Cakes storefront in September 2013 because of backlash, and now operate out of their Sandy home.
They raised more than $100,000 in a few hours before their campaign was taken offline, according to the Oregonian.
Since Watson worked to get the GoFundMe page taken down, a lively discussion has erupted online in Cupcake Jones’ Facebook page reviews.
Despite the sudden uptick in bad reviews, Cupcake Jones still has a 4.5 star rating. In recent days, many have applauded Watson and the shop for “standing up for equality.”
The Kleins now have a new crowdsourcing campaign to “Help persecuted Christian couple in Oregon fined for refusing to serve lesbians” on Samaritian’s Purse, which is still featured on the Christian organization’s homepage after it was published over the weekend.
But it hasn’t been all bad for Sweet Cakes. The business’ Facebook page has more than 30,000 followers and in an interview with Decision Magazine, Melissa said they’ve received many encouraging messages from around the world: “I’ll get one bad email, but for that one I receive 10-15 supportive ones. It’s so uplifting to get that kind of support.”
As OPB reported, the damages award to the lesbian couple can be appealed by Sweet Cakes.