Washington State Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Anti-Gay Florist

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Anti-Gay Florist

The Washington Supreme Court has ruled against Barronelle Stutzman who refused to provide flowers to a same-sex wedding in 2013. A longtime customer, who requested flowers for his wedding, was told by Stutzman that she wouldn’t be able to provide the floral arrangements for the wedding because of her “…relationship with Jesus.”

“I just took his hands and I said I’m sorry I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ…I’ve had hate mail. I’ve had people who want to burn my building, I’ve had people say they’ll never shop here again and tell all their friends. And I’ve had other people say thanks for standing up for your convictions and we’ll shop here and we’ll back you in any way we can.” Stutzman said.

She was initially sued in 2013 by the Attorney General’s Office and the ACLU and was found guilty in 2015 for violating the state’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws that include sexual orientation.

An appeal was then argued before nine justices in Washington Supreme Court with Stutzman’s lawyers arguing that the law violated her religious beliefs. The court refused to rule in favor of any religious exceptions.

Thank you, justice!

Much more info over at ThankProgress.

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