The Christian owners of a bakery in Oregon winning the lottery shortly after they were fined $135,000 for declining to make a cake for a same-sex wedding is fake news. There is no truth to a report that two anti-gay bakers won a large lottery payout after they were slapped with a fine.
Where did this fake news originate? The Last Line of Defense published the fake news article on Jan. 2, 2018, reporting that two Christian bakers in Oregon won a $3 million lottery payout shortly after they were fined by a court for having chose to deny a same-sex couple of a cake for their wedding.
Melissa Morgan and her husband, Ben, have seen way too much bad news with their names on it. After being sued by a gay couple they refused to bake a cake for so they wouldn’t go to hell, they suffered loss after loss at the hands of the courts.
That streak of bad luck came to an end this morning when the Morgans learned they had won more than $3 million playing Oregon’s State Lottery.
A spokeswoman for the Sweet Cakes shop told our reporter:
“Melissa and Ben are thrilled that God has come through for them. They had no idea how they would pay the $165K in ’emotional damages’ they legally owe a pair of fairies for having their feels hurt. It’s been a BS, overblown nightmare and they’re happy it’s over.”
However, the above story about winning the lottery is fake, according to Snopes. It is true that an Oregon bakery called “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” was fined after they declined to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. Contrary to the above fake news, the owners of “Sweet Cakes by Melissa” are Aaron and Melissa Klein, not “Melissa and Ben Morgan,” and they were fined $135,000, not $165,000.
Additionally, there is no record of an Aaron or Melissa Klein winning a $3 million lottery in Janurary 2018 on the Oregon State Lottery page. Though the site only lists its winners by first name, no one named Melissa or Aaron won that sum, according to the site’s search. With regards to the couple’s penalty, Oregon Live reported that an appellate court had upheld the fine against Melissa and Aaron Klein.
Here are some examples of people sharing the fake news on social media.
Haha, so great! https://t.co/VOOpU05VUI
— Kathy Allen (@takenbyfaith) January 5, 2018
— Mustang Alli (@Jagauress) January 4, 2018
NOW PAY THEM OFF AND CURSE THEM IN JESHUA, THEN PAY FOR COURT AGAINST GAY BAKERS THAT WILL NOT BAKE STRAIGHT… https://t.co/mmnLD2kiBi
— Michael James Rhoden (@TheTrillionMan) January 4, 2018
Christian Baker Screwed By Liberal Court Wins The Lottery: https://t.co/CKEINq7hvs
— Janet Fitzgerald (@fitzjan317) January 2, 2018
Finally, and most importantly, The Last Line of Defense carries the following satire disclaimer at the bottom of each article:
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, OR ridicule to expose and criticize people’s stupidity or vices, particularly in the context of contemporary politics and other topical issues.
If you disagree with the definition of satire or have decided it is synonymous with “comedy,” you should really just move along.
What did you think of the fake news that Oregon bakers won the lottery shortly after they were fined for choosing to not make a cake for a same-sex wedding? Did you believe the fake news or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.
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Author: Shawn Rice