Contributed by Michelle St. Pierre
A Christian florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding ceremony lost her battle in court Thursday.
The Washington Supreme Court ruled against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, upholding a lower court ruling in 2015 that declared Stutzman had violated the state’s antidiscrimination law.
Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll sued Barronelle Stutzman in 2013 when she declined to sell them flowers for their wedding, instead referring them to another flower shop who would service their wedding.
An attorney representing Stutzman, Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Ffreedom Senior Counsel, said their client will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse Thursday’s decision.
“In a free America, people with differing beliefs must have room to coexist,” Waggoner said. “It’s wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their will. Freedom of speech and religion aren’t subject to the whim of a majority; they are constitutional guarantees. Because that freedom is clearly at risk for Barronelle and so many other Americans and because no executive order can fix all of the threats to that freedom, we will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to hear this case and reverse this grave injustice.”
The same sex couple, Freed and Ingersoll said in a statement, “We’re thrilled that the Washington Supreme Court has ruled in our favor. The court affirmed that we are on the right side of law and the right side of history. We felt it was so important that we stand up.”
H/T: Washington Times
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