The Washington State Supreme Court has unanimously upheld a ruling against a florist accused of discrimination because she declined to fulfill an order for floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding and instead offered a referral. John Stonestreet of CNSNews provides the details:
The Washington State Supreme Court has punished a florist for running her business according to her faith.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Washington State issued its much-anticipated opinion in State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers and Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers.
The only way to see this decision is as a major setback for religious freedom.
The case involved an anti-discrimination complaint brought against Barronelle Stutzman, the 71-year-old owner of Arlene’s Flowers, and I might add, one of the nicest people on the planet. Three years ago, a long-time customer whom Stutzman considered to be a friend, asked her to create a floral arrangement for his same-sex wedding.