Outrageous GoFundMe Nixes Donations for Bakery That Refused to Serve Gay Weddings
Supporters of religious freedom jumped into action when a huge fine was recommended against the former owners of a bakery that refused to service gay weddings,
Todd Starnes reported that a judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries recommended the hefty fine against Sweet Cakes by Melissa, owned by Aaron and Melissa Klein.
Supporters, however, quickly rallied to support the Kleins, starting a GoFundMe page that surpassed $100,000 in contributions in just eight hours, with help from the Family Research Council.
But then the fundraising website pulled the plug.
“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,” the message read. “The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal.”
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) April 25, 2015
The controversy started in 2013 when the bakery refused to provide a cake for a lesbian wedding. A complaint against the bakery was then filed.
The state now says the bakery "unlawfully discriminated." The state's labor commissioner has final say over the fine and could choose to raise or lower it.
Fox News contributor Tammy Bruce reacted this morning on "Fox and Friends," noting that since this controversy, the bakery has shut down and the family of five is struggling to make ends meet.
Bruce and Steve Doocy questioned what part of the GoFundMe terms of service the fundraising drive actually violated.
The site says it prohibits fundraising campaigns "in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful or sexual acts."
Bruce says this clause does not look like it would apply to the page supporting the Kleins.
"They've always happily served gay people. The difference is you're being asked to participate in an act that violates your faith. What this suggests is that being true to your faith is hateful," she said.
Watch the discussion above.