Florist Refused To Service Gay Wedding On Religious Grounds

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It has been reported by Fox News that the Washington Supreme Court ruled on Thursday against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, for refusing to service a gay wedding on religious grounds.

The court said that she violated the WLAD for refusing to make floral arrangements for a gay couple back in 2013.
Similar to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, she didn’t want to make a custom arrangement for the wedding, which would have required her to lend her artistic creativity to an event that was against her religious beliefs.
She offered to sell the couple pre-made floral arrangements, though.

The court ruled in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission acter with animus towards baker Jack Phillips and his religious beliefs, and that the hostility was inconsistent with the First Amendment’s guarantee that their laws be applied in a manner that is neutral toward religion.

The Washington Supreme Court’s ruling said that the adjudicatory bodies that considered the case did not act with religious animus when they ruled that the florist violated the WLAD by declining to sell wedding flowers to a gay couple and they did not act with religious animus when they ruled that such wrongdoing is not privileged or excused by the U.S. Constitution or the Washington Constitution.
Of course, the Supreme Court ruled on Masterpiece Cakeshop before Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined in, so it’s possible that Stutzman’s case could provide a definitive ruling on whether religious Americans can be compelled to participate in events that go against their religious beliefs or not.

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