Justices won't hear case of anti-gay marriage florist

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Early this month, the Supreme Court issued a limited ruling in favor of Jack Phillips, the proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

In a statement earlier this month, Stutzman said that she serves all customers, but can not create products for events that conflict with her deeply held religious beliefs.

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he wasn't surprised by Monday's order. It did not address generally whether businesses can decline services to same-sex weddings because of religious beliefs.

In a 5-4 ruling, the court's conservative majority ruled that the challengers had not done enough to show that the Republican-led Texas legislature acted with discriminatory intent when it adopted new electoral maps in 2013 for state legislative and USA congressional seats.

Waggoner said Stutzman had sold the customer, Rob Ingersoll, flowers for almost a decade and knew he was gay, but that his marriage did not comport with her beliefs and she could not provide services for it.

Washington's attorney general, Robert Ferguson, said Stutzman was seeking a rule "that would allow every tattoo parlor, print shop, hair salon, photography studio, bakery, law firm, or other business whose work involves a degree of "expression" to discriminate against customers".

Joan Mannix, special counsel at the Thomas More Society, said the "proceedings in the courts of Washington were tainted with the same kind of intolerance and disrespect for the constitutionally protected free exercise of religion as those that occurred in Colorado". Since the ruling from the lower court was unanimous, it seems unlikely that this second ruling would go in Stutzman's favor.

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How the Arlene's Flowers case is decided could shed some light on the scope of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.

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James Esseks, director of ACLU's LGBT and HIV Project, said in a statement he doesn't expect any new outcome from the Washington Supreme Court undermining LGBT rights.

The justices threw out a 2017 ruling by Washington state's Supreme Court that Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in the city of Richland, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, had violated the state's anti-discrimination law and a consumer protection measure.

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said, "This is welcome news in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Jack Phillips' case".

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