A judge in Oregon hit Sweet Cakes Bakery with a $135,000 fine for discriminating against a gay couple seeking a cake for their wedding, so the owners of that bakery launched a GoFundMe account that would likely have well exceeded that amount. Then GoFundMe canceled it:
On their Facebook page yesterday, the Kleins posted a link to a GoFundMe fundraising campaign set up for them. In just four hours it had reached over $20,000. It quickly increased to a reported $109,000 before GoFundMe canceled it.
GoFundMe says it does not allow money to be raised on their site for people who have been found to be in violation of the law.
“After careful review by our team, we have found the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions,” GoFundMe said in a statement.
“The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the ‘Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa’ campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled.”
Upon learning the news, the Kleins took to their Facebook page again.
“Evidently Go fund me has shut down our Go fund me page and will not let us raise any money. Satan’s really at work but I know our God has a plan and wins in the end!”
Gee, you mean you object to having a company refuse service to you? How bloody ironic.