In January 2013, a Christian couple, Aaron and Melissa Klein who run a bakery “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” were asked by a lesbian woman, Rachel Cryer, to bake a cake for her upcoming marriage ceremony to Laurel Bowman. The couple declined, saying that doing so would violate their faith. They were subsequently were sued under Oregon state law, and ordered to compensate the same-sex couple $135,000 in damages. They eventually closed down their bakery after an overwhelming viral social media campaign against their business. However, they have managed to raise over $372,000 within 2 months through crowdfunding.

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