Judges turn down florist who turned down same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court on Friday refused to hear the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex marriage, leaving in place a ruling that she had violated the anti-discrimination laws of the State.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said they would have agreed to hear the case and review the decision. Four judges are needed for the court to take a case.

In 2018, the tribunal de grande instance ordered Washington state courts to reconsider the case involving florist Barronelle Stutzman and her business Arlene’s Flowers. This followed the judges ruling in another case involving a Colorado baker who refused to bake a gay marriage cake.

After this review, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state courts did not act with animosity towards religion when they ruled that Stutzman violated state anti-discrimination laws by refusing on religious grounds to provide flowers for Rob’s wedding Ingersoll and Curt Freed.

Stutzman had been selling Ingersoll flowers for almost a decade and knew he was gay. But she maintained that her marriage went against her religious beliefs and that she felt she could not provide services for the event.

Washington state law states that companies providing services to opposite-sex couples must provide the same service to same-sex couples.

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