Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Votes Against LGBT-Discriminating Florist

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She refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding, and now she’s paying a price.

On Thursday the Washington Supreme Court ruled against Christian Florist Barronelle Stutzman for denying the sale of flowers to couple Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013. Stutzman cited her religious beliefs, leading her to be sued by the couple as well as the state attorney general for violating Washington discrimination laws.

Stutzman countersued under the argument of religious freedom, and by claiming she did not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, according to Think Progress. She also argued that the law discriminated on her first amendment right of free speech, but that claim was also denied.

Washington Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling reaffirmed a lower court’s 2013 case ruling against Stutzman, which required her to pay a $1,000 fine.

In a news release gathered by the Tri-City Herald, The Alliance Defending Freedom stated Stutzman will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse Thursday’s ruling. The ADF represents Stutzman.

According to the release, Washington Supreme Court justices “concluded that the government can force her — and, by extension, other Washingtonians — to create artistic expression and participate in events with which they disagree.”

The same-sex couple’s marriage came only a two months after Washington recognized same-sex freedom to marry.


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