Thursday, October 01, 2015

Respondents In Oregon Wedding Cake Case Refuse To Post Bond For Their Appeal

As previously reported, in July the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, as part of a cease and desist order, levied $135,000 in damages against the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa Bakery for their refusal to provide a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. Instead of paying the damages the owners have filed an appeal with the state court of appeals, but, according to yesterday's Oregonian, they refuse to provide the bond or irrevocable letter of credit that is required to pursue the appeal. Aaron and Melissa Klein apparently claim financial hardship even though crowdfunding sites set up to support them have raised some $515,000. State officials have now filed in court seeking a judgment that will allow them to attach assets belonging to the Kleins. [Thanks to Scott Mange for the lead.]