The owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa are still required to pay $135,000 in damages for “emotional suffering” to a lesbian couple based on Thursday’s final order from the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
The order affirms an initial ruling in January that found Aaron and Melissa Klein had violated Oregon civil-rights law by refusing to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony in 2013 and ordered them to pay damages to Rachel Cryer and Laurel Bowman.
“This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage. It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation,” said Oregon labor commissioner Brad Avakian in his 122-page order. “Under Oregon law, that is illegal.”