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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court has declined to consider the case of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, the now-defunct bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013 based on the bakers’ religious objections.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Friday the Supreme Court turned down the case with no explanation.

Melissa and Aaron Klein had been ordered to pay $135,000 to couple Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer in emotional damages in 2015 after the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found that the Kleins violated state anti-discrimination law.

The Oregon Court of Appeals has upheld the order.

Bureau of Labor and Industries officials see the Oregon Supreme Court decision as an affirmation of the bureau’s original order.

Lawyers for the Kleins said Friday they will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,