Christian florist who turned away same-sex couple broke anti-discrimination laws, Washington court says

by Fox News  |  published on February 17, 2017

A Washington state florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding in 2013 broke the state’s anti discrimination law, the state’s Supreme Court ruled.

Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in the town of Richland, said she was exercising her First Amendment rights. Her lawyers promised that they would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Stutzman had previously sold the couple flowers and knew they were gay. However, Stutzman told them that she couldn’t provide flowers for their wedding because same-sex marriage was incompatible with her Christian beliefs.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the couple sued her, saying she broke state anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws, and the lower court agreed. The state’s nine high court justices upheld that verdict.