Wash. High Court Rebuffs Florist's Same-Sex Objections

Law360, New York (February 16, 2017, 5:50 PM EST) -- A Washington florist who refused to serve a same-sex wedding, citing religious objections, violated state anti-discrimination laws and is not protected by the First Amendment, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled Thursday.

The high court’s 59-page ruling is strongly in favor of the arguments of the state and American Civil Liberties Union, which was defending the couple in question, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, shooting down a variety of statutory and constitutional claims by Arlene's Flowers Inc. owner Barronelle Stutzman. The florist, backed by the Alliance Defending Freedom, has already announced her intent to take the case to the U.S. Supreme...

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