A Gay Advocate Is Raising Money to Help Fined Christian Bakers

You probably remember the story of Oregon’s Aaron and Melissa Klein, two Christian bakers who said they could not in good conscience bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. The state ruled their decision constituted discrimination, and leveled a $150,000 fine against them. Now, a self-described gay Evangelical Christian named Matt Stolhandske, who sits on the board for Evangelicals for Marriage Equality, is raising money to help the Kleins pay their fine. In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Stolhandske said “As a gay man, I should hate Melissa and Aaron Klein. … But I don’t hate the Kleins. In fact, I’m raising money to cover the $150,000 punitive fine they received from Oregon.”

He went on to write that “The Kleins say the $150,000 fee will bankrupt her family. I’m raising money to help offset that cost. I’ll send whatever we raise along to the Klein family with a message of love and peace. I don’t want them to suffer.” So far, the campaign has raised just shy of $4,000, but Stolhandske is asking others to chip in and hopes to cover the whole fee …

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