Washington State Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Anti-Gay Religious Refusal Case

By Adam Polaski • November 17, 2016 • 3:41 pm

On Tuesday, November 15 the Washington State Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Arlene’s Flowers, a business that violated the Washington state non-discrimination law when she denied service to a same-sex couple seeking her services for their wedding.


The case is led by the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Washington, who are representing the same-sex couple. Previously, a lower court ruled in favor of the same-sex couple.

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers cited her religious beliefs as the reason for discriminating against the same-sex couple.

The ACLU’s Elizabeth Gill said this week:

“Religious freedom is a fundamental part of America. But religious beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are. When people, gay or straight, black, brown, or white go to a business, they should be treated equally and not be discriminated against.”



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