VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis urged President Donald Trump to be a peacemaker at their highly anticipated first meeting on Wednesday, and Trump promised he would not forget the pontiff’s message. Under clear blue skies, Trump, who exchanged sharp words with the pope during the U.S. election campaign last year, received a tribute from […]
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.
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