Thu Jun 6, 2019, 07:01 PM

Court Upholds Ruling Against Washington Florist Who Refused To Serve Gay Couple

Hayley Miller 2 hrs ago

The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state courts had not acted with religious animus when they held that a florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by refusing to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding.

In this latest decision, the high court upheld its 2017 opinion that found Barronelle Stutzman and her business, Arlene’s Flowers, had unlawfully discriminated against Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed by denying them service on religious grounds in 2013.

“We are thrilled that the Court has reaffirmed its ruling in our favor,” Freed and Ingersoll said in a statement. “Discrimination hurts, especially while planning what should be one of the happiest times of your life. We hope that this ruling will prevent what happened to us from happening to others.”

Previously, the Washington Supreme Court had upheld the Benton County Superior Court in ruling that Stutzman’s actions violated the state’s Consumer Protection Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination. Under these laws, a business that chooses to provide a service to couples of the opposite sex must provide that service equally to same-sex couples, prosecutors had argued.

Stutzman filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case in 2017, but the country’s highest court kicked the case back to the Washington Supreme Court in June 2018. The U.S. Supreme Court, which had just ruled in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, directed the state court to reexamine the Arlene’s Flowers case in light of that decision.


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Response to RCW2014 (Original post)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 07:19 PM

1. Now, tell me. Are you going to be just as elated when

an Islamacist businessman--any business--is forced to deal with people for whom he doesn't care?

I doubt it.

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Response to imwithfred (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 6, 2019, 08:06 PM

2. Yep, these fake victims are too chicken shit to sue a moslem business for not providing service... them. Instead they selectively target those who they know won't physically harm them or toss them off the top of a building/parking deck/etc.

Bottom line...what fucking moron buys a cake, flowers, etc from someone who obviously doesn't want their business? I know I wouldn't a cake made by such a person..............

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