The owners of a former Gresham bakery want the Oregon Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's ruling.
In a petition filed with the court Thursday, the owners of former bakery Sweet Cakes By Melissa asked the state's highest court to hear their case.
"This court should exercise its discretion to review this case, because its outcome will determine whether entrepreneurs in Oregon can exercise their freedoms of speech, religious exercise, and conscience," attorneys for Aaron and Melissa Kline wrote in their petition to the state's Supreme Court.
In December, the Oregon Court of Appeals upheld a decision and a $135,000 fine imposed by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.
BOLI found the Klines violated Oregon law by discriminating against a gay couple who wanted a wedding cake. The Klines cited their religious beliefs when they refused to make a cake for the women.
"This case presents a question of first impression in this State - whether the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) can force a baker who designs and creates custom wedding cakes to choose between closing her business and participating in a same-sex wedding ritual in violation of her sincere religious belief that marriage can exist only between a man and a woman," the petition states.
The U.S. Supreme Court is considering a similar case involving a wedding cake baker in Colorado.