The Christian owners of the Oregon "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" bakery had until this past Monday to pay a financially-crushing $135,000 fine for their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding — but a crowdfunding campaign set up for them has raised $358,500.

Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of "Sweet Cakes," were required by Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian to immediately pay $135,000 from their "personal property" to Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, the lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for, to compensate them for emotional damages. If they do not pay the fine, they may face a lien on their home.

The vast sum "has the potential to financially ruin" the family of five, Aaron Klein told The Blaze in an interview.

"For years, we've heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein said. "I'm here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people."

The Kleins were forced to close their business after the Bureau of Labor investigated them for not baking a cake for the lesbian couple's wedding. Since their business closed, their income was halved.

A GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign originally set up for the bakers reached $109,000 in a few hours, but GoFundMe shut down the campaign in April after a deluge of complaints. Supporters began a new campaign on Continue to Give, a site that hosts crowdfunding campaigns for individuals, nonprofits, missionaries, churches and faith-based groups. The site's founder says that the Sweet Cakes campaign raised more than any other campaign had in the site's three-year history, according to the Washington Times.

Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, says a lot of people have asked them to remove the Sweet Cakes campaign, but he's responded, "Thank you for your concern, have a great day and God bless you."

The order from the Oregon Bureau of Labor also put a gag order on the Kleins, forcing them to "cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that any discrimination be made against, any person on account of their sexual orientation."

"This effectively strips us of all our First Amendment rights," the Kleins wrote on their Facebook page. "According to the state of Oregon we neither have freedom of religion or freedom of speech."

Avakian "has ruled that the Kleins' simple statement of personal resolve to be true to their faith is unlawful," the Kleins' lawyer, Anna Harmon told the Daily Signal. "This is a brazen attack on every American's right to freely speak and imposes government orthodoxy on those who do not agree with government-sanctioned ideas."

She told LifeSiteNews the Kleins are appealing the ruling. "[T]he American people believe in free speech and freedom of religion and aren't going to lie down and let these rights be taken away," she said.

The case "flies in the face of the Constitution at every level," Aaron Klein told The Blaze.

The average donation to the Continue to Give campaign was $45 from 7,821 donors. While many expressed their Christian faith in solidarity with the Kleins, one anonymous donor wrote, "Even as a deist, I respect these baker's decision to not bake the cake for this couple. It truly would have represented participation in the ceremony by the bakery, which goes against their religious beliefs.

"Several of our founding fathers were deists, but they fully understood how important the freedom to exercise your religious beliefs were to making this the greatest republic in history. This is not discrimination, it is their First Amendment right, which shall not be infringed."