Schofield crowdfunding company reaches out to an Oregon bakery that refused to serve a lesbian coupleSubmitted: 05/14/2015
Story By Wren Clair

Schofield crowdfunding  company reaches out to an Oregon bakery that refused to serve a lesbian couple
SCHOFIELD - Continue to Give is an online donation site based in Schofield that's getting some national attention.
The site's designed to help churches, missionaries, nonprofits and adopting parents, but it's also helping an Oregon bakery called Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

That bakery wouldn't bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013 for religious reasons.

However, last month an Oregon judge ruled the bakery broke Oregon's anti-discrimination law, according to reports in the area.

They now face a possibly $135,000 fine.

A page on Continue to Give is raising money to pay that fine, and the website's founder Jesse Wellhoefer says he'll keep it up.

"I know that if I owned a business, and when I stood up for what I believed in, suddenly there were so many formal charges against me that I lost my business, I'm not sure how I'm going to feed my family next. I would feel pretty devastated, and I sympathize with that and that's why I say they've gone through a tragedy and we're here," said Wellhoefer.

Other companies like GoFundMe have removed funding pages for the bakery. That's after the court found it guilty of breaking the anti-discrimination law.

"GoFundMe will not allow campaigns that benefit individuals or groups facing formal charges or claims of serious violations of the law," GoFundMe said in a statement.

The Continue to Give page has raised more than $5,000.

The site's founder says the couple should have just gone to a different bakery.

"I believe in the equality of man, I believe that God created us equal, and there's times when you're taking people's liberty away, and there's times when you're forcing people to do things, and personally I wouldn't want someone to force me to have to do something," said Wellhoefer.

Website organizers say they don't need to take down the fundraiser.

They'll let the community decide.

Website organizers say that most of the fundraising projects are for church groups.

Continue to Give says they've also gotten a lot of support from a number of people.

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