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Court rules against Oregon bakers in wedding cake case

An Oregon court upheld a penalty against the owners of a Gresham bakery who refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple.

Posted: Dec. 28, 2017 5:22 PM
Updated: Dec. 28, 2017 5:22 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - An appellate court has upheld a penalty against Oregon bakery owners who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding almost five years ago.

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The owners of the Gresham bakery - Aaron and Melissa Klein - argued that state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian violated state and federal laws by forcing them to pay emotional-distress damages of $135,000 to the lesbian couple.

Their lawyers said Avakian and the state Bureau of Labor and Industries violated the Kleins' rights as artists to free speech, their rights to religious freedom and their rights as defendants to a due process.

But the Oregon Court of Appeals sided with the state Thursday, saying the Kleins failed to show the state targeted them for their religious beliefs.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.)

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