The Portland-area bakery that caused a massive controversy when it refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding announced on Facebook that it has closed.
 
The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa announced that they have had to close their business. Owners Melissa and Aaron Klein were fined $135,000 by the state of Oregon after they cited their religious beliefs for refusing to bake a cake for Rachel Bowman-Cryer and Laurel Bowman-Cryer -- two lesbian women who were married in 2013. The two women filed a complaint with the Oregon Department of Justice, alleging illegal discrimination. The owners of the bakery eventually paid the fine, but the money remains in escrow. It will eventually be paid to the two lesbians.
 
The Klein couple were celebrated by social conservatives for their stance on religious liberty, raising $500,000 in funds for legal expenses. The announcement of the closing of their business appeared on their Facebook account. “We have closed Sweet Cakes," the statement reads. "We appreciate everyone's continued prayer and support!"
 
After closing their storefront in Gresham OR in 2013, the Klein continued to operate their business from home.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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