#LoveWins: Washington State Supreme Court Ruled Against Florist Who Refused to Sell Flowers to a Gay Couple

LITTLE ROCK, AR - APRIL 1:  A rainbow flag flies over the crowd during a press conference by the Human Rights Campaign on the steps of the Arkansas State Capital in Little Rock following Gov. Asa Hutchinson's comments on House Bill 1228, a bill passed which prohibits state and local governments from infringing on a person's religious beliefs without a "compelling" interest, on April 1, 2015 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Hutchinson said he won't sign the bill into law in its current form. Opponents say the bill would provide protections to businesses or individuals who refuse to serve someone based on religious beliefs. (Photo by Andrea Morales/Getty Images)

#LoveWins: Washington State Supreme Court Ruled Against Florist Who Refused to Sell Flowers to a Gay Couple

Here's what the judges said in their decision.

Published February 16, 2017

On Thursday, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled the Christian owner of a floral shop violated state laws when she refused to make an arrangement for a gay couple getting married.

In 2013, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Arlene’s Flowers for violating the state’s nondiscrimination law and this decision by the Supreme Court affirms the Benton County judge’s first ruling on the case.

All nine judges presiding over the case ruled against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers. In their decision, the court wrote “neutral, generally applicable law that serves our state government’s compelling interest in eradicating discrimination in public accommodations.” As such, the court ruled, “We affirm the trial court’s rulings.”

However, lawyers for Stutzman, have vowed to take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Stutzman does not agree with the court’s decision and furthermore believes the government is telling her what to believe.

"When you think that the government is coming in telling you what to think and what to do ... we should all be very, very scared," Stutzman told the Tri-City Herald. “[The couple] can certainly believe what [they] would like to do on marriage, and has the right to do that. I'm just asking for the same right."

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Andrea Morales/Getty Images)


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