The Washington Supreme Court has ruled against a Christian florist after she refused to provide floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding.
Barronelle Stutzman, a 74-year-old grandma, now faces the penalty of having to pay sky-rocketing legal fees as a result of violating the state’s non-discrimination laws. Her legal team have said that this enormous financial burden has put Stutzman’s “life savings at risk.”
This is the second time that the highest court in the state has ruled against Stutzman after the case was vacated by the U.S. Supreme Court last year and sent back to Washington for a second consideration.
On Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court ruled that neither the state supreme court or the lower state court in Benton County had acted with religious animus – Barronelle had not been discriminated against, the court insisted.
“They did not act with religious animus when they ruled that such discrimination is not privileged or excused by the United States Constitution or the Washington Constitution,” read the ruling. Instead, the court ruled that the same-sex couple, who were regular customers seeking after Stutzman’s flower arranging service, were the ones who were treated unfairly.
“Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” the court concluded. “We, therefore, hold that the conduct for which Stutzman was cited and fined in this case — refusing her commercially marketed wedding floral services to Ingersoll and Freed because theirs would be a same-sex wedding — constitutes sexual orientation discrimination under the [Washington Law Against Discrimination.”
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Source: Christian Headlines