Christian Florist Drops High Court Appeal Over Gay Wedding

By Jimmy Hoover (November 18, 2021, 4:19 PM EST) -- A Washington florist that turned down a job for a same-sex wedding for religious reasons in 2013 has agreed to drop her U.S. Supreme Court appeal and pay $5,000 to the couple who sued her, the parties said Thursday. The florist had asked the court to resolve contentious constitutional questions around free speech and discrimination law left unanswered by the 2018 Masterpiece Cakeshop case. 

The parties filed a joint stipulation to dismiss the long-running case on Thursday, ending a bid by Barronelle Stutzman and her shop Arlene's Flowers Inc. to overturn a state Supreme Court ruling that she violated anti-discrimination law...

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