) — The Supreme Court
declined to hear a case involving a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding
, upholding a lower court decision that she violated state anti-discrimination laws.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Neil Gorsuch all stated that they would have agreed to hear the case and reconsider the decision.
Following the justices' decision in a different case involving a Colorado
baker who refused to make a cake
for a same-sex wedding, the high court ordered Washington state
courts to reconsider the case involving florist Barronelle Stutzman and her
Arlene's Flowers business
Following that review, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously ruled that state courts did not act with animosity toward religion
when they ruled Stutzman violated state anti-discrimination laws by refusing to provide flowers for Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed's wedding on religious grounds.
Stutzman had sold flowers to Ingersoll for nearly a decade and was aware of his homosexuality; however, she claimed his marriage violated her religious beliefs and that she could not provide services for the event.
Businesses that provide services to opposite-sex couples are required by Washington state law to provide the same service to same-sex couples.