“Sweet Cakes By Melissa” Case Timeline

After catching word of it just now, I thought I would make a kind of time-line about the posts the Facebook page Sweet Cakes By Melissa has made that related specifically to their court case (whereas there are numerous posts in between with baked-goods photos). This is just a list, not an editorial comment about them. All of the information below is, or was, already publicly available as of April 25, 2015. (Parenthetical remarks) are by me, just as observations.

17 August, 2013
“Thank you everyone so much for your words of encouragement and support. Thank you so much for all the wonderful cards as well. We really appreciate it a lot!”

25 August, 2013
“Thank you again everyone for your up lifting words, and encouragement! It is much appreciated.”
(comments seem centered on right to deny service)

6 September, 2013
“I wanted to let everyone know. If you have seen the facebook page where we supposedly went on a racist rant. I want everyone to know that was not us. Someone created a fake facebook page and used the picture of me and aaron off our website. We have friends of different races and we do not HATE anyone, including gays. There is also a story from the willamette week. That story is false as well.”

19 September, 2013
Just an update for you all. Still waiting for BOLI to respond. Will update as soon as we hear from them.
(BOLI refers to the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, with whom a same-sex female couple filed a complaint against the bakery according to an article in Decision Magazine, March 2014, cited further down)

8 November, 2013
“Thanksgiving is coming and it reminds me of all the things I am thankful for. I just wanted to let all of you know how thankful I am for you, and the support you have shown. Thank you so much!”

11 November, 2013
“Update: We received a letter Saturday from BOLI stating that the partner of the original complainant has now also filed a complaint. Claiming she was discriminated against even though she didn’t set foot in our shop. It will be interesting to see what BOLI will say.”

28 December, 2013
“I’ve always found it interesting that the ones who do this kind of thing maybe aren’t thinking of the word’s definition. Especially the intolerant part…..I personally don’t have any problem with others who disagree with me. Everyone has their own opinion. I don’t understand why people can’t disagree and still be kind and loving to one another. Seems pretty simple to me.
One who is strongly partial to one’s own group, religion, race, or politics and is intolerant of those who differ.”
(posted photo of someone who had finger-written “bigot” into dust on back windshield of company car)

17 January, 2013
“To all of you that have been praying for Aaron and I, I want to say thank you. I know that your prayers are being heard. I feel such a peace with all of this that is going on. Even though there are days that are hard and times of struggle we still feel that the Lord is in this. It is His fight and our situation is in His hands. We received papers from BOLI yesterday and they have made their decision that we have apparently discriminated. From what we have gathered we now have to wait to find out what the fines will be within 60 days. I can’t say much more but will update when I’m able to. Please continue to pray for our family. God is great, amazing and all powerful. I know He has a plan =)”

30 May, 2014
“Does anyone have an extra March issue of Decision Magazine that we can have? We were suppose to get one but they ran out =(”
(comments suggest this is how some people learned of the story, and here is the digital version of that issue, page 5 story titled “Bakery Under Fire”)

16 September, 2014
“Update: October 7th we have a court date. The hearing could possibly last all week. For everyone that has been praying for our family. Please continue to lift us up in prayer and thank you for your continued prayers! We know this is in the Lord’s hands and whatever the outcome God is still in control! God bless”

3 February, 2015
“Even though it seems as if we are being thrown into the Lions den. We will continue to stand for the Lord, our faith will not waiver. We fully trust in our heavenly father. He is able to deliver us from this, but even if He doesn’t we are not going to compromise on God’s truth in order to appease man.”

7 February, 2015
“There are many stories out right now and most of them are false. We want everyone to know we have not been fined yet. March 10th is our court date to find out if we will be fined and how much. Thank you to all that are wanting to help. We really appreciate it. God bless.”

9 March, 2015
“Tomorrow is our court date, and will continue through the entire week. We know the Lord is in this and we put all our trust in him. To all that have been praying, please pray for us and our lawyers as we go into this. Please be praying for the complainants as well. God bless you all”

18 March, 2015
“Update: today was the last day in court. The judge heard closing arguments, and informed us that it could be at least thirty days before the final decision. Regardless the outcome we will stay true to our faith. All Americans should be free to live out their faith at home and in the work place without fear that they will be punished by the government.”

24 April, 2015
“We just found out that the judge has made his decision, he is ordering that we pay $135,000 in emotional damages. This money will not come from the business, but instead would have to be paid from money that should be going to pay for food and housing for us and our 5 children. Brad Avakian has not had his final word on it and it may be increased. This amount will financially ruin us. Our government was put in place to protect the people not to punish people because of their faith. We have had many people ask to help, someone kindly set up a go fund me for us. Thank you to all who are willing to fight for religious freedom. God bless”
(linked to a now-unfound gofundme page)

25 April, 2015
“The gofundme account that was set up to help our family was shut down by the administrators of gofundme because they claimed it was raising money for an illegal purpose. We have told gofundme that the money is simply going to be used to help our family, and there is no legitimate breach of their terms and conditions. We are working to get the account reinstated.
However, in the mean time, if you would like to donate, you can do so here: (link)
For all of you who gave to the gofundme account before it was shut down, we so appreciate your love and generosity. Gofundme has told us that we will still receive those funds.”

(additional posts to be amended here, but check their page Sweet Cakes By Melissa for the direct source.)

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