OREGON: Appeals Court Upholds $135,000 Fine For Anti-Gay Bakery That Turned Away Couple In 2013

Portland’s NBC affiliate reports:

The Oregon Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a ruling — and a $135,000 fine — that two Gresham bakery owners discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to make them a wedding cake, violating Oregon law.

The courts did reverse a portion of the Bureau of Labor and Industries decision that said Melissa and Aaron Klein violated Oregon law by communicating their intent to discriminate against same-sex couples in the future.

The appeals court decision, released Thursday, came almost nine months after attorneys representing the Kleins and the attorneys for the Bureau of Labor and Industries argued before the three-judge panel.

The Kleins paid the fine two years ago today after raising over $500,000 via Christian crowdfunding campaigns. Their check was to be held until the appeals process was exhausted and the Kleins can still petition the Oregon Supreme Court.