New York's top court has refused to hear an appeal challenging the state's gay marriage law, which lawmakers approved in 2011.

The Court of Appeals on Tuesday denied the request by New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms. The court did not give a reason for its decision.

The evangelical group claimed that the law's adoption was illegal.

The New York Senate “violated the state's Open Meeting Law by closing off the Senate galleries and lobby; and by holding closed door meetings with Mayor [Michael] Bloomberg and others who backed the law,” the New York Daily News earlier reported.

The group, which is helmed by Rev. Jason J. McGuire, also claimed that Governor Andrew Cuomo illegally ignored a three-day waiting period and accuses proponents of the law, including Bloomberg, of bribing lawmakers for their votes.

“With the Court's decision, same-sex couples no longer have to worry that their right to marry could be legally challenged in this State,” Cuomo said in a statement. “The freedom to marry in this State is secure for generations to come.”

Rev. Jason McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, lamented the loss.

“Obviously we're disappointed in the Court of Appeals decision, but I wouldn't say surprised,” he said. “It's a pretty liberal-leaning court. Every time the people had the chance to vote on the issue of marriage, they view it one way [against gay marriage]. But when it comes before rogue legislatures or the courts, they view it different.”

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, whose office defended the law in court, praised the ruling.

“Today another barrier has been overcome in the struggle for full equality for gay and lesbian New Yorkers,” he said. “With this ruling by our state's highest court, same sex couples can now have peace of mind that this legal challenge to their marriages has been laid to rest.”