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Florist loses gay-wedding appeal; shop owner discriminated, justices say

By RACHEL LA CORTE The Associated Press

This article was published February 17, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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In this Nov. 15, 2016, file photo, Barronelle Stutzman, left, a Richland, Wash., florist who was fined for denying service to a gay couple in 2013, smiles as she is surrounded by supporters after a hearing before Washington's Supreme Court in Bellevue, Wash.


The Washington state Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state's anti-discrimination law, even though she claimed that doing so would violate her religious beliefs.


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BOLTAR says... February 17, 2017 at 8:51 a.m.

Blessed are the homophobes for they shall be cheered by fake Christians.

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Popsmith says... February 17, 2017 at 9:07 a.m.

Blessed are the stupid, for their glory is in their shame.

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TimberTopper says... February 17, 2017 at 10:06 a.m.

If you are in business, you cannot discriminate. Plain and simple.

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hogfan2012 says... February 17, 2017 at 10:48 a.m.

If you own your own business, you should be able to serve whomever you please - or not! Freaking USA is quickly becoming a communist nation!

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Slak says... February 17, 2017 at 11:27 a.m.

Sorry hogfan.
There is a reason people of some religions live in closed communities. It is so they can legally practice the kind of discrimination that is rightfully outlawed in the public sector.
Flower and Cake businesses that want to discriminate should move into the compound.

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Vickie55 says... February 17, 2017 at 1:10 p.m.

I wonder if this florist provides flowers for a marriage between divorced people? The Bible does say that a man who lays with a woman who is divorced is committing adultery. Or is it okay to just pick and choose the sins we discriminate against?

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TimberTopper says... February 17, 2017 at 2:40 p.m.

Vickie, seems that most of the religious nuts like to pick and choose their verses. Hogfan, if you are in business, as long as the money is legal tender, that's what a business owner cares about. I see that you are not in business with that attitude. Don't try it until you change.

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RaylanGivens says... February 17, 2017 at 3:10 p.m.

I don't think I would want a cake from this bakery if they didn't like the way I looked. It might end up being an Ex Lax or rat poison cake

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JakeTidmore says... February 17, 2017 at 3:45 p.m.

Equality for ALL. Justice for ALL. Freedom for ALL. Anything less that relegates our fellow Americans to a second-class role is unacceptable. The patina of religion does not excuse a breach of these principles. Do NOT ever expect freedom to discriminate and hate. You do NOT have the right to treat people in such an evil and wicked manner.
It's not communism, socialism, capitalism, totalitarianism, or whatever -ism you like or dislike that calls for equality and justice. It goes beyond politics.
It's simple decency toward our fellow human beings.

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