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  • Lakeridge's Maddie Rabing a dual winner, Barlow girls team champion at Centennial Invitational

    Grant's Ella Donaghu wins a thrilling stretch duel to take the 800

    GRESHAM -- Grant's Ella Donaghu rarely gets involved in a track duel these days as the state's dominant distance runner, but she received plenty of competition Saturday night in winning the 800 meters at the 51st Centennial Invitational.

    Sunset's Nicole Griffiths locked shoulders with Donaghu for most of the second lap before the Grant junior pulled away near the finish to win by a full stride. Donaghu, running just her second 800 since returning to competition following a bout with mononucleosis earlier this spring, was timed in 2 minutes, 13.87 seconds.


    "I loved it. It's been a while since I've had someone really push me from Oregon. That's awesome," said Donaghu, who won the Class 6A state 1,500 and 3,000 in 2014. "I knew Nicole was going to be fantastic. She's such a good competitor. I was prepared for it. I wanted to stay calm, stay relaxed. This was a good run for me."


    Donaghu was among the girls' stars at Centennial, where Barlow won the team title. The Bruins, led by 1-4-5 finish in the 100 meters, scored 59.5 points to beat Union of Camas, second with 48 points. Tigard was a distant third with 33.5 points.


    Barlow's Danelle Woodcock is trying to reclaim the 6A 100 state title she won in 2013 as a sophomore. Woodcock took a step toward that when she beat a strong Centennial field in a time of 12.27.


    It wasn't a personal best, but "it was great competition today. I felt really good about it," said Woodcock, who took second in the 200.


    Lakeridge's Maddie Rabing was the lone two-event female winner at Centennial. Rabing won the discus with a throw of 139 feet, 10 inches, while taking the shot in 44-5. Both marks were slightly off Rabing's season bests.


    Rabing said she targeted Centennial and next Friday's Jesuit Twilight as meets to prep for state.


    '"I hoped to set a personal best, but it's still a pretty good day. I'm not disappointed," said Rabing, first in shot and second in discus at the 2014 state meet.


    Milwaukie's Tieara Norman was like Woodcock, winning the long jump while finishing second in 300 hurdles.


    Norman rallied to win the long jump following a what-just-happened moment.


    Norman, the 2014 Class 5A state champion, initially thought she hadn't qualified for finals, as she didn't hear her name called among the eight finalists. Norman's best qualifying jump was 16 feet, 10 inches.


    "I thought wow, I didn't know that many people jumped over 16-10," Norman said.


    Turned out only two had bettered Norman during qualifying. Once the mistake was corrected, Norman passed everyone with her second finals jump, a season-best mark of 18-1.


    Norman's 18-1 is best among 5A jumpers this season, and fourth among everyone in the state.


    Sophomore twins Dai'lyn Merriweather and Jai'lyn Merriweather from Union of Camas dominated the sprints. Dai'lyn beat Woodcock to win the 200, while Jai'lyn easily captured the 400. Among those Jai'lyn Merriweather beat in the 400 was Central Catholic's Olivia Gabriel, who took third.


    Other girls' track winners were San Lorenzo Valley's (Calif.) Kaila Gibson in the 1,500, Catlin Gabel's Maya Rayle in 3,000, Barlow's Renick Meyer in 100 hurdles and Lincoln's Emma Lambert in 300 hurdles.


    Among the notable winners in field events were Benson's Chaquinn Cook, who posted one of the season's best marks with a 37-11 effort in triple jump.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Sherwood's Ben Milligan soars, Grant's Julius Shellmire sizzles to highlight Centennial meet

    Ben Milligan high-jumps 7-1 1/2 to climb in the record books

    GRESHAM -- Sherwood high jumper Ben Milligan continued his scintillating climb Saturday to highlight the Centennial Invitational track meet.

    One week after breaking the 7-foot barrier by clearing 7-0 ¼ at the Oregon Relays, the senior went 7-1 1/2 to ascend even higher in the record books.

    The jump is the third-best all-time in the state, behind only Bend’s Damien Olson (7-3 ½, 1997) and Hillsboro’s Billy Butler (7-2, 2007). He also broke the Centennial meet record of 6-10 ½, set by Olson in 1997.

    Milligan, who went 6-9 last year to finish as the Class 5A runner-up, has been on a steady rise since hitting 6-10 in his first meet this season.

    “It’s kind of what I was expecting,” Milligan said. “I got a lot stronger over the offseason. Even during basketball, I could tell I was jumping a lot higher. So I was excited for track, to see what I could do later on.”

    According to DyeStat.com, Milligan is second in the nation this season, trailing only Texas’ Brendon Rivera (7-2).

    Grant senior Julius Shellmire kept his early-season momentum going with wins in the 100 and 200 meters.

    Shellmire ran the 100 in 11.04 seconds to beat Beaverton sophomore Anthony Albright (11.20) and finished the 200 in 22.64 to edge Walla Walla senior Ethan Gardner (22.67). He also ran a leg on the winning 4x400 relay.

    The times were off the personal bests of 10.89 and 21.84 that he set at the Oregon Relays a week ago, but Shellmire remains pleased with his overall progress.

    “I’m loving the way I’m running early,” he said. “I’m hitting under 11 and 21s early in the season, so that was my main focus. I can get down to my ultimate goals like 21.4 and 10.5, 10.6. I was hoping to hit 10.7 today, but since I ran the prelims early in the day, my legs weren’t really there for me.”

    Shellmire had a close call in the 200 when he slowed down the stretch because “I started to feel my hamstring,” he said, but held off Gardner with a lean at the finish line.

    Cleveland senior Roba Sultessa, the two-time reigning Class 5A champion in the 800, was subdued after winning his race.

    Sultessa won the 800 in 1:53.86, his best time this season and the No. 2 time in the state, but he remains far off his personal best of 1:52.00. He was searching for answers afterward.

    “Not good,” said Sultessa, whose previous best this season was 1:54.13. “It’s probably the weather, I don’t know. I was trying to run a PR here. It didn’t work out, I don’t know why. I’ve been working out and looking forward to this meet because every year I have a PR here.”

    Sultessa said his training is different this season after the team made a coaching change.

    “I haven’t done any speed workouts,” he said. “That’s probably why, I don’t know. I know I’ll get it back.”

    Skyview of Vancouver scored 57 points to edge Grant (53), Central Catholic (48) and Barlow (47) for first place.

    Newport junior Brendan Thurber-Blaser won the javelin with a throw of 193 feet, 10 inches, more than a foot farther than his previous best.

    Central Catholic senior Kodzo (Jean-Luc) Toku won the triple jump (44-6 ½) and ran a leg on the winning 4x100 relay.

    Other Oregon winners were Newport senior Dalen Hargett in the 300 hurdles, Jesuit junior Kasin Pendergrass Anderson in the 110 hurdles, West Linn junior Roman Ollar in the 3,000 and Grant senior Brandon Brown in the 400.

    Grant junior Harrison Schrage, the state’s leader in the long jump and triple jump and among the contenders in the 100 meters, pulled out of the meet to rest a leg injury.

    Schrage turned his ankle in a meet April 15, which aggravated an Achilles injury that plagued him last season, according to his father, Grant assistant coach Adam Schrage. He competed in the triple jump and 4x100-meter relay at the Oregon Relays on April 18 but has experienced soreness this week.

    “It’s probably a good idea just to take a week off,” Adam Schrage said. “He’s not 100 percent by any means, but he’s not 50 percent, either. He’s somewhere in between.

    “We’re just being safe. If today were the state meet, he probably would compete.”


    -- Jerry Ulmer


    julmer@oregonian.com
    503-816-7323
    @jerryulmer

  • Barlow's Danelle Woodcock sharp in winning the Centennial girls 100

    Barlow's Danelle Woodcock split her sprint performances Saturday night at the Centennial Invitational, winning the 100 meters and taking second in the 200. Woodcock, won the Class 6A 100 state title two years ago as a sophomore, ran the 100 in 12.27, beating Newport's Rachel Vinjamuri by .13 of a second.

    Barlow's Danelle Woodcock split her sprint performances Saturday night at the Centennial Invitational, winning the 100 meters and taking second in the 200.

    Woodcock, won the Class 6A 100 state title two years ago as a sophomore, ran the 100 in 12.27, beating Newport's Rachel Vinjamuri by .13 of a second.


    A half-hour later, Woodcock finished second to Union of Camas' Jai'lyn Merriweather, who also won the 400.


    Woodcock, the defending state champion in long jump, pulled out of that event Saturday to concentrate on the 100. Woodcock says she plans to do the 100-long jump double at the Jesuit Twilight meet next Friday.


    "The 100 was great competition today. I felt really good about it," Woodcock said.


    --Nick Daschel


    ndaschel@comcast.net


    @nickdaschel

  • Wilsonville softball tops Parkrose 5-2: Recap and Photos

    The Wilsonville High School softball team defeated Parkrose 5-2 on their home turf Friday. Wilsonville and Parkrose were scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when junior second baseman McKenzie Atwood blasted the ball over the fence for a two-run home run.

    The Wilsonville High School softball team defeated Parkrose 5-2 on their home turf Friday.

    Wilsonville and Parkrose were scoreless until the bottom of the second inning when junior second baseman McKenzie Atwood blasted the ball over the fence for a two-run home run.


    "We just worked on her extension and finishing all the way through to her left shoulder and then she did that today," said Wilsonville head coach Michelle Oleson.  "It is just a result of her working hard at it."


    It was Atwood's first career home run and it couldn't have come at a better time. The Wildcats entered Friday's game on a two game losing streak and were hungry for a win.


    "We started off really hot, we had a great preseason and we were hitting the ball a little better," Oleson said.  "It's keeping the energy fresh and keeping the girls interested and wanting to be here but they are a good group of kids and as long as they are working hard I'm happy."


    Catcher Katie Enbody also had an impressive offensive day, the sophomore went 2-3 at the plate.


    Defensively, junior right-handed pitcher Lauren Bell started on the mound for the Wildcats and threw seven complete innings, striking out four Parkrose batters.


    "Their goal as a team is to go .500 and not lose more than they win," said Oleson.  "We have a short bench so that's a really high goal for them and I'm supporting them and they are working hard at it."


    The Wildcats (10-8, 3-5 Northwest Oregon Conference) will try to get a step closer to their season goal when they play at Hillsboro on Wednesday, April 29 at 5 p.m.


    --Jen Beyrle
    jbeyrle@oregonian.com
    @JenBeyrle

  • Sweet Cakes owners direct donors to new fundraising site as they look to restart GoFundMe campaign

    A day after GoFundMe shut down a page for the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the bakery owners directed their supporters to a similar site operated by a Christian nonprofit headed by the eldest son of the Rev. Billy Graham.

    The two-year-old saga of the Oregon bakers who violated the state's anti-discrimination laws took another turn Saturday as they looked to restart a fundraising campaign to help them pay a potential six-figure debt.

    GoFundMe shut down a page set up for the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa late Friday, saying it violated the terms of service for the crowdfunding web site.

    In a statement explaining the decision to close the account, GoFundMe said:

    "After careful review by our team, we have found the "Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa" campaign to be in violation of our Terms and Conditions. The money raised thus far will still be made available for withdrawal. While a different campaign was recently permitted for a pizzeria in Indiana, no laws were violated and the campaign remained live. However, the subjects of the "Support Sweet Cakes By Melissa" campaign have been formally charged by local authorities and found to be in violation of Oregon state law concerning discriminatory acts. Accordingly, the campaign has been disabled."

    Closure of the account came on the day that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued a proposed order directing Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple who had come to their Gresham bakery in January 2013 to order a cake for their wedding.

    The Kleins refused, citing their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage. An administrative law judge ruled that the Kleins illegally discriminated on the basis of sexual orientation and on Friday, in a proposed order, recommended they pay damages to compensate the two women for their emotional suffering. Final authority to set the amount of damages lies with State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian in issuing a final order.

    The GoFundMe campaign quickly picked up steam, raising more than $100,000 in just a few hours before it was shut down.

    GoLocalPDX reported that a Portland baker, Lisa Watson, of Cupcake Jones, started her own campaign to contact GoFundMe and report the Sweet Cakes campaign as being in violation of their terms of service.

    "This business has been found GUILTY OF DISCRIMINATION and is being allowed to fundraise to pay their penalty," Watson said in a post on her Facebook page. "The gofundme terms of service address hate speech, bigotry, criminal activity, and sexism among other things in their campaign...The amount of money they have raised in a matter of a few hours by thousands of anonymous cowards is disgusting."

    GoFundMe, a San Diego-based company, did not respond Saturday to a request for comment on its policies. A list of content "Not Allowed on GoFundMe" includes:

    • Campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.
    • Materials including bigotry, racism, sexism, or profanity.

    It's not clear if either or both were considered applicable to the Sweet Cakes page.

    Late Friday, a post on the Sweet Cakes by Melissa page invoked the devil in calling attention to GoFundMe's action.

    Evidently Go fund me has shut down our Go fund me page and will not let us raise any money. Satan's really at work but I know our God has a plan and wins in the end!

    Posted by Sweet Cakes by Melissa on Friday, April 24, 2015

    By Saturday morning, the bakery owners had gone a step further, saying via their Facebook page that they were working to reinstate the GoFundMe page while also directing donors to another site.

    The gofundme account that was set up to help our family was shut down by the administrators of gofundme because they...

    Posted by Sweet Cakes by Melissa on Saturday, April 25, 2015

     

    Samaritan's Purse, founded by Franklin Graham, eldest son of the Rev. Billy Graham, describes itself as "a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world." 

    On its home page Saturday, the organization appealed to supporters to "Help persecuted Christian couple in Oregon fined for refusing to serve lesbians."

    Samaritan's Purse is raising funds to help the Kleins pay their fine and meet other expenses. "They have taken a stand for the Word of God, and they should not have to stand alone," Samaritan's Purse President Franklin Graham said. "I believe that Christians across our nation will rally around Aaron and Melissa and their five children."

    Friday's proposed order by BOLI administrative law judge Alan McCullough came after a four-day hearing in March, during which both the Kleins and the same-sex couple, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, testified they had been victimized.

    The women, who were domestic partners at the time they sought to order the cake, both said they suffered emotional stress related to their experience with Sweet Cakes as well to unwanted media attention that soon followed.

    Aaron Klein said reporters came to his home and his shop, the couple's business car was vandalized and broken into twice, and photographers and florists severed ties with the company, eventually forcing Sweet Cakes to close its Gresham storefront shop in September 2013. The business now operates out of the couple's home in Sandy.

    -- George Rede

    grede@oregonian.com
    503-294-4004
    @georgerede

  • Man driving stolen car slams into passing car in Gresham, sending four to hospital

    The crash happened near Southeast 199th Avenue and Stark Street.

    camera.bar.jpgPolice are investigating the crash. 

    A man driving a stolen car crashed into another car with three people inside late Friday night in Gresham, police say. The occupants of the car that was struck were transported to the hospital with injuries that they are expected to survive.

    The driver of the stolen car also was brought to the hospital for treatment, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately known. Police did not identify the driver, or the occupants of the car he struck.

    The crash happened at 11:25 p.m. near Southeast 199th Avenue and Stark Street.

    The East County Vehicular Crimes Team is investigating. No other details were immediately available.

    -- Aimee Green

    agreen@oregonian.com

    503-913-4197

    o_aimee

  • Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail gets Starvation Creek improvements

    The highway department is in charge of the construction projects, then turns over management of the trail sections to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The plan is to make the trail a world destination for cycling, using Portland International Airport as a gateway.

    Work continues throughout the summer on improvements to the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail as plans proceed for the centennial celebration next year for the King of Roads.

    The highway was one of the early fully paved roads in the West. It was known for its classic construction styles and the beauty of the scenery it opened for automobile access. The western section of the highway was opened in 1916, with a dedication ceremony at Multnomah Falls.

    This year's trail work is a 1.2-mile connection that heads west from Starvation Creek's existing trailhead to Lindsey Creek, due for completion next year. It will include  an upgrade to the Starvation Creek trailhead, with a small plaza, new signs, landscaping and parking improvements.

    Also in the project is a "picture-worthy" bridge over Warren Creek, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation, and a universally accessible trail to a new overlook at Hole-in-the-Wall Falls.

    The Starvation Creek area is on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge, near milepost 55, with Wyeth to the west and Viento State Park to the east.

    Several additional projects are funded and planned for construction in 2016 to 2018, between Wyeth and Lindsey Creek in the Shellrock Mountain area. The project totals for 2015-18 are $3.8 million.

    That still leaves a proposed five-mile, $32 million project on both sides of Mitchell Point, just west of Hood River, to complete the route between Portland and The Dalles. Funding is still needed for that project.

    When complete, the trail will be a combination of scenic auto-accessible roads alternating with paved trail for hikers and bikers. It will offer an alternative to Interstate 84 in the Columbia River corridor.

    The route begins at Troutdale as Historic Highway 30, open to vehicles. It passes Crown Point and Multnomah Falls, before the auto portion merges with Interstate 84 at John Yeon State Park (milepost 37).

    The trail picks up there, going east past Bonneville Dam and Eagle Creek to Cascade Locks, where the route again picks up slow traffic roads until freeway milepost 51. It would continue mostly by trail from there to Hood River, pass through Hood River on streets, join the Mark O. Hatfield section of trail to Mosier, then continue on the existing historic highway, over Rowena Overlook, to The Dalles.

    The highway department is in charge of the construction projects, then turns over management of the trail sections to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. The plan is to make the trail even more of a world destination for cycling, using Portland International Airport as a gateway.

    The Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway are planning a centennial celebration in 2016. The kickoff event, with ties to the Portland Rose Festival, is a motorcade of classic cars from Troutdale to Multnomah Falls, for a celebration on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, exactly 100 years from the dedication.

    The celebration will continue in local communities throughout the summer on the Oregon side, but also on the Washington side at Maryhill Museum.

    Read John Killen's report on OregonLive about how the highway came to be: (Throwback Thursday) Multnomah County vote played key role in Scenic Highway.

    Terry Richard
    trichard@oregonian.com
    503-221-8222; @trichardpdx

  • One local coach suspended, another steps down: The Oregonian high school sports top 5

    Also, Oak Hill Academy, DeMatha Catholic and Garfield will headline the 20th Les Schwab Invitational basketball tournament in December.

    Here are the five most-read high school sports items on OregonLive for Friday, April 24:

    1. Lakeridge softball coach Michael McCormack suspended for providing players with energy drinks


    2. Dave Immel: Parent complaints led to resignation as Glencoe girls basketball coach


    3. Les Schwab Invitational 2015: Oak Hill Academy, DeMatha Catholic, Garfield headline 20th anniversary


    4. New Madison football coach Don Johnson shows off team's new uniforms on Twitter


    5. Poll: Who should be named The Oregonian/OregonLive's high school athlete of the week for April 13-19?

  • Friday evening Portland-area commute: Heavy congestion on I-5 south from Capitol HWY down past I-205

    The latest Portland traffic updates for Friday night.

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    I-205 south from Capitol Highway into Wilsonville is still really slow. Might think about taking Stafford Road if that is an option.

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    PORTLAND, 4:40 p.m.: Interstate 205 south 

    The right southbound lane of I-205 is blocked near Powell Blvd. Heavy congestion back to Glenn L. Jackson Bridge.

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    TUALATIN, 4:24 p.m.: Interstate 5 south

    Lots of congestion on I-5 south starting at Capitol Highway and stretching down to Elligsen Road.

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    PORTLAND, 4:18 p.m.: Interstate 84 west near Sandy Blvd.

    Westbound traffic is slow on I-84 just before Sandy Blvd. due to a crash.

    UPDATE, 4:24 p.m.: The backup cleared out real quick.

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    Northbound traffic on Highway 217 is jammed due to a crash just past Greenburg Road. It will be a slow ride starting back at the Interstate 5 junction.

    A light rain is currently hitting downtown. There is also a chance that the heavy rain from earlier will return to the area. 

    Follow the Oregonian's commuting alerts on Twitter: @TrafficPortland

  • Same-sex couple in Sweet Cakes controversy should receive $135,000, hearings officer says

    Updated at 2:30 p.m. with lawyers' comments for both parties. The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says. Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of...

    Updated at 2:30 p.m. with lawyers' comments for both parties.

    The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says.

    Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a proposed order released Friday, April 24.

    Bureau prosecutors sought $75,000 for each woman -- $150,000 total -- during a hearing on damages in March.

    The amounts recommended by law judge Alan McCullough, coming after four days of testimony, are not final. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has the final authority to raise, lower or leave the proposed damages as is.

    Friday's ruling comes as the newest development in a legal dispute over a Christian couple's insistence that their religious beliefs against same-sex marriage trump a state law requiring them to serve customers equally.

    The case has gained extensive attention in the national conversation about religious freedom laws designed to exempt business owners from providing services for same-sex weddings. Oregon has no such law.

    Sweet Cakes proposed order
    Read the proposed order.pdf by BOLI Administrative Law Judge Alan McCullough in the complaint filed against the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa.

    The controversy began in January 2013 when Aaron Klein turned away Rachel Bowman-Cryer and her mother at a cake-tasting appointment they had set up with Melissa Klein. Melissa Klein was not at the shop that day.

    In August 2013, the women complained to BOLI. The agency conducted an investigation and in January 2014 brought charges that the Kleins had unlawfully discriminated against the couple because of their sexual orientation.

    In a statement Friday, BOLI said: "The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants. Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate or refuse service based on sexual orientation, just as they cannot turn customers away because of race, sex, disability, age or religion. Our agency is committed to fair and thorough enforcement of Oregon civil rights laws, including the Equality Act of 2007."

    The Bowman-Cryers both testified to the emotional stress they attributed to their experience with Sweet Cakes as well as the glare of media attention that soon followed.

    Aaron Klein said his family, too, had suffered because of the case. Reporters came to his home and his shop, he testified during the March hearing.

    The Sweet Cakes by Melissa car was vandalized and broken into twice. Photographers and florists severed ties with the company, eventually forcing Sweet Cakes to close the Gresham shop in September 2013. The business now operates out of the couple's home in Sandy.

    ***

    Paul Thompson, a lawyer for the Bowman-Cryers, said his clients would have no comment on the proposed damages award.

    "This is a proposed order and we view this matter as continuing to be active litigation," he said.

    Anna Harmon, one of three attorneys representing the Kleins, said, "It's a shocking result and it shows the state's relentless campaign to punish Oregonians who live and work according to their faith."

    "The important thing to realize is this," she added, "This is real money that Aaron and Melissa are going to have to pay that otherwise would be used to pay their mortgage and feed their kids."

    Lars Larson, the Portland-based talk radio host who broke the story more than two years ago, tweeted about the case Friday. He said, "Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa need your help w/ a devastating fine from the state of Oregon," and linked to a fundraising site for the couple.

    The Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa web page on GoFundMe.com is authorized by the Kleins, said Harmon. As of 2:30 p.m. Friday, about $9,000 had been raised toward a goal of $150,000.

    Harmon said her clients have 10 days to file exceptions to McCullough's proposed order. They also have the right to appeal Avakian's final order to the Oregon Court of Appeals.

    "The proposed order is 110 pages long," Harmon said. "We just got it this morning and haven't had a chance of analyzing it thoroughly," she said. "To the extent it calls for $135,000 in damages, you can be sure we'll object to that."

    The LGBT advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon issued a statement praising BOLI's actions.

    "This case struck a chord with many Oregonians because allowing businesses to deny goods and services to people because of who they are and whom they love is hurtful and wrong," said Jeana Frazzini, Basic Rights Oregon's co-director.

    "The business owners in the case believed they had the right to deny services because of their religious beliefs," said Nancy Haque, also a co-director. "Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America, and is written into our state's constitution already. But those beliefs don't entitle any of us to discriminate against others. Religious liberty should not be used to discriminate against people."

    Check back with OregonLive for updates on this story.

    -- George Rede

    grede@oregonian.com
    503-294-4004
    @georgerede

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