Homophobes Prosper Through Crowdfunding Campaign
In recent disgusting human being news, people on the internet raised over $300,000 for homophobic Christian bakers, Aaron and Melissa Klein after they were cited for refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony citing their religious beliefs. On the crowd-funding site Continue to Give, hundreds of people helped pay the bakers’ $135,000 in legal fees.
Their bakery, Sweet Cakes By Melissa in Oregon, was ordered by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries to pay a lesbian couple, Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer, $135,000 for “emotional damages” after they declined to prepare a cake for their June 2013 commitment ceremony. The Klein’s campaign has received 7,651 donations since its May 5th launch. Through two campaigns the Klein’s funds total $461,500; the’ve also received many supportive messages through the site.
The Sweet Cakes by Melissa website states their religious beliefs on the main page stating, “We here at Sweet Cakes strongly believe that when a man and woman come together to be joined as one, it is truly one of the most special days of their lives, we feel truely honored when we are chosen to do the cake for your special day.”
Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, says his company has received “lots and lots” of complaints and requests to take the campaign down but Wellhoefer refused. Another crowd funding website, Go Fund Me, removed the original campaign from its website by explaining that their policy states “formal charges in defense of heinous crimes” will be removed although the Klein’s were not charged with a crime. The Klein’s were allowed to keep the $109,000 raised prior to Go Fund Me pulling their campaign
Wellhoefer says that his company is responding to requests to take the campaign down with “Thank you for your concern. Have a great day and God bless you.”
The fact that these homophobes are using their religious beliefs in order to discriminate against a same-sex couple is disgusting, but it’s even worse that there were enough people to raise over $400,000 to fund their hate.
(featured image via sweetcakesweb)