Washington State Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Against Florist

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled unanimously in the 9-0 opinion that a florist does not have the right to refuse to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, despite her religious convictions concerning marriage. The court followed opinions of courts in Arizona and Colorado that have ruled similarly in these cases, saying that public accommodation laws that prohibit discrimination against persons based upon sexual orientation require that services be provided to all on an equal basis, regardless of the religious convictions of the store owner. Attorneys for the florist have indicated they will seek review of the case by the U.S. Supreme Court.