Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple based on religious grounds have paid $136,000 in state-ordered damages — after refusing to do so for nearly six months.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries said Aaron and Melissa Klein, co-owners of the Portland-area bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, issued a check Monday for $136,927.07. That includes accrued interest.
The Kleins also paid $7,000 earlier this month.
Damages were awarded in July for emotional suffering caused by Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which two years ago refused to make a wedding cake for Laurel and Rachel Bowman-Cryer.
The bakers said their refusal was prompted by their religious opposition to same-sex marriages. And their supporters have argued that the state should not force Christians to violate their religious beliefs.
However, a 2007 Oregon law protects the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people in employment, housing and public accommodations.
The state ruled it also bars private businesses from discriminating against potential customers.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.