Tuesday, November 15, 2016
By Jeremiah Ho
Today, the Washington Supreme Court hears the case of a florist who refused service to a gay couple for flowers for their wedding.
The case is Robert Ingersoll, et al. v. Arlene's Flowers, Inc., et al. and the link to the briefs of parties and amici is here. The florist, Barronelle Stutzman, of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, had denied providing flowers for the couple’s wedding based on concerns that doing so would have violated her religious freedom. However, last year, a lower court judge had ruled that Stutzman’s refusal violated Washington’s anti-discrimination bill. The Washington State’s Attorney General Bob Ferguson is arguing on the gay couple’s behalf.
Editor's note: This is an issue that is likely to come before the US Supreme Court after the "9th" is appointed.