Bakers fined for refusing gay wedding cake send Christian film to LGBT groups
The owners of a bakery fined for refusing service to a gay couple have sent a Christian film to LGBT groups.
Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, sent cakes and copies of the Christian film ‘Audacity’ to 10 LGBT groups across the West Coast.
The theme of the film is that Christians speaking out about their opposition to homosexuality are actually doing so to save them from God’s wrath.
The custom-made cakes read: ‘We really do love you!, alongside a red heart.
The packages also included $25 restaurant gift cards which were provided by the film’s executive producer Ray Comfort.
Those at Equality California, who received one of the packages said they intended to share the cake between gay-friendly faith leaders.
“I think the Kleins are continuing a false narrative that there’s a conflict between LGBTQ and Christianity,” Howe said. “There’s a mainstream that thinks discriminating against people in places of business is wrong.”
The Kleins denied that the packages were a publicity stunt.
“Our purpose is to express our love for them as a Christian,” Melissa wrote in an email. “We don’t hate them.”
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The owners of Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa were found guilty of discrimination this year, after refusing to make a cake for lesbian wedding in 2013 – despite making divorce celebration cakes and cakes for ‘gay cure’ groups without issue.
They were last month ordered to pay $135,000 in damages.
The adamantly anti-gay American Family Association (AFA) rallied its supporters to donate to Sweet Cakes to cover the fine, and has since raised over $300,000.