Late Friday night, anyone looking for the GoFundMe page set up to help the Gresham bakers facing a large unlawful discrimination award would have hit a dead end.
More precisely, they would get a “Campaign Not Found” message on the Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa web page.
A supporter of Aaron and Melissa Klein set up the campaign to help raise money for the couple after an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued a proposed order recommending they pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple from Portland.
The BOLI judge said the Kleins illegally discriminated against Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer when they refused the women’s attempt to order a wedding cake, instead citing their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage.
By 5 p.m. Friday, more than $66,000 had been raised toward a goal of $150,000. A lawyer for the Kleins said the GoFundMe.com web page had been authorized by her clients, owners of the bakery bearing Melissa’s name.
By 9 p.m., it became apparent there were problems. Visitors to the web page encountered a terse note: “We’re sorry, but the campaign URL you entered cannot be found.”