Salem Radio Network News Monday, February 27, 2017

Religious News

Washington court rules against florist in homosexual wedding case

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that a Christian florist who refused to provide floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding broke the state’s antidiscrimination law.

Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, Washington, had previously sold the couple flowers and knew they were homosexual but told them she couldn’t provide flowers for their wedding because same-sex marriage was incompatible with her Christian beliefs.

Stutzman argued that she was exercising her First Amendment rights. But the court held that her floral arrangements do not constitute protected free speech, and that providing flowers to a same-sex wedding would not serve as an endorsement of same-sex marriage.

Stutzman’s lawyers immediately said they would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision.

Previous
Next
AdvertisementAdvertise with Us
Advertisement
Advertisement

Editorial Cartoons

View More » 1487968216302032JESoeR0BsP

Steve Breen
Sun, Feb 26, 2017

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
X CLOSE