Oregon Lowers the Fine for Cake Shop That Refused to Serve Lesbian Couple in 2013

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry has reduced the fine it imposed on a cake shop that refused to serve a lesbian couple in 2013, the agency a...

July 13, 2022
5:20 AM

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry has reduced the fine it imposed on a cake shop that refused to serve a lesbian couple in 2013, the agency announced today.The fine is now $30,000, down from $135,00.The decision comes after the Oregon Court of Appeals ordered the state to reconsider the fine, but upheld the 2015 decision from BOLI that the Gresham bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, run by Aaron and Melissa Klein, discriminated against the couple in refusing to make them a wedding cake.Related: Oregon Court Revisits Case of Cake Shop Owners Who Refused to Sell Cake to Lesbian Couple in 2013'As BOLI originally found, and as affirmed at the Oregon Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, Aaron Klein violated Oregon's public accommodation law,' said Oregon Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle in a statement.