Ruling expected in ongoing case against an anti-gay florist


The Supreme Court in Washington is set on Wednesday to rule in a case of a florist who did not want to serve a same-sex wedding. The ruling is expected to come on Thursday, after the court listed the case of Baronnelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland as one of five rulings to be issued that day. The florist says she was exercising her First Amendment rights refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding in 2013.

She had previously served the couple, but said when it came to their wedding that it would have gone against her Christian beliefs. After being fined, and supporters of hers raising more than $100k for her defence, she was sued by the Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, as well as the couple. Supporters of Stutzman back in 2015 raised over $100,000 to pay her legal fees. A ruling was made by Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander C Ekstrom in February 2015, who said the florist, Arlene’s Flowers, violated consumer protections in saying she would not sell flowers to the longtime customer for their wedding because it was going contrary her beliefs. “The 70-year-old grandmother may lose her business, her home, and her savings – because she stood for her faith, she could lose everything she owns,” the florist’s site previously. The judge ruled that the claimants are still under protection of the state’s anti-discriminatory laws.


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