After Losing Their Business for Refusing to Serve Homosexual Couple, Samaritan’s Purse Will Help Oregon Christian Bakers With $135,000 Fine After GoFundMe Takes Down Their Fundraising Page

Aaron and Melissa Klein
Aaron and Melissa Klein

Samaritan’s Purse, headed by evangelist Franklin Graham, says it will help with expenses for persecuted Oregon bakers, Aaron and Melissa Klein.

The Kleins lost their baking business in the Portland suburb of Gresham, after they refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013.

The couple filed a complaint with the state of Oregon, which ruled the Kleins discriminated against the couple.

An administrative law judge fined them $135,000 on Friday and ordered them to pay the couple for “emotional, mental and physical suffering.”

The Kleins also became targets for gay activists, who protested outside the Sweet Cakes shop and harassed vendors who came to supply the Kleins’ business, which had been thriving.

“Basically, what has happened is that I have been stripped of my religious freedom. I cannot speak freely,” Aaron Klein told Decision magazine.

“Now, all of a sudden, if you’re in business as a Christian, you have no recourse. I have been told by some people that if you want to be a Christian and stick to your convictions, you should not be opening a public business,” he said.

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