Richland floral shop owner takes case to U.S. Supreme court
RICHLAND, Wash. - A Richland floral artist is not giving up after the state supreme court ruled against her decision to refuse the sale of flowers for a gay wedding.
Baronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. supreme court to reverse a decision allowing the government to force her and other creative professionals to contribute to events with which they disagree.
Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers, refused to sell flowers to a gay couple for their wedding in 2013.
The state attorney general and the American Civil Liberties Union alleged she is guilty of unlawful discrimination for acting consistently with her faith.
The Washington state supreme court delivered a unanimous ruling against Stutzman February 16, 2017.
The ruling in black and white declared, “the state of Washington bars discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation."
Minutes after the decision came out, Stutzman's attorneys announced she's taking her case to the U.S. supreme court.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are representing Stutzman.
The attorneys asked the high court to consolidate Stutzman’s case with a similar case that the court already accepted- Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which involves cake artist Jack Phillips.