Washington State Judge Rules against Florist who Refused Gay Wedding

By Published on February 19, 2015

(Reuters) – A judge in Washington state on Wednesday ruled that a florist who refused to sell flower arrangements for a gay wedding violated state anti-discrimination law, court records show.

Florist Barronelle Stutzman was sued by both the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, in 2013.

The pair were longtime customers of Stutzman’s Richland business, Arlene’s Flowers, and asked her to provide decorations for their wedding following the state’s legalization of same-sex marriage.

Stutzman maintained that her Christian beliefs prevented her from selling flowers for the same-sex wedding, “because of (her) relationship with Jesus Christ,” according to court documents.

Read the article “Washington State Judge Rules against Florist who Refused Gay Wedding” on reuters.com.

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