Kelly Shackelford, president of the First Liberty Institute, a religious liberty law firm representing the Kleins, said he was "disappointed" by Thursday's decision.
"That is not in dispute". They also argued Avakian's decision violated their rights to free expression as artists, their rights to due process and that the fine was excessive.
Shackelford added, "In a diverse and pluralistic society, people of goodwill should be able to peacefully coexist with different beliefs".
The couple who simply wanted a wedding cake, Laurel Bowman and Rachel Cryer, "became the victims of death threats - as well as outrageous and horrific claims by conservative media outlets and anti-gay groups", after filing their discrimination claim, as NCRM reported in 2015.
"The Kleins seek an exemption based on their honest religious opposition to same-sex marriage; but those with honest religious objections to marriage between people of different races, ethnicities or faiths could just as readily demand the same exemption", the court said.
The Bownan-Cryers released a statement praising the decision. The Kleins filed their appeal a year ago. Orgeon will not allow a "Straight Couples Only" sign to be hung in bakeries or other stores.
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The Oregonian reports, "in their ruling Thursday, a panel of state appeals court judges sided with [state labor commissioner Brad] Avakian, saying the Kleins did, in fact, deny the Bowman-Cryers because they were lesbians".
"I couldn't participate in the ceremony, it goes against what I believe". "I loved my shop. My whole life is dedicated to living for Him in the best way that I know how", Klein said in March.
"We still get emails every once in a while out of the blue that are just saying terrible things to us", Melissa Klein told TheBlaze in a previous interview. But we feel like that is exactly what happened to us.
"We lost everything we loved and worked so hard to build", she said.
Aaron Klein declared that the "honest truth" is that he and his wife "just seek to serve the Lord". For us it's about following God no matter the costs.
"All of us are equal under the law and should be treated equally", the couple said.