Another gay discrimination legal case regarding the provision of services extended to customers has been ruled on in Washington following the gay discrimination case in respect of Masterpiece cake shop. The Supreme Court in Washington ruled in the case where a gay man, Robert Ingersoll, visited a florist where he was a regular and long term customer and was refused service in respect of the floral arrangements for his wedding. Barronelle Stuzman, the owner of Arlene’s flowers, the florist shop in question, issued a statement saying that despite the fact that she considers that she serves everyone, she found herself unable to create “custom floral arrangements that celebrate events or express messages at odds with my faith.”
In this latest case over religious belief and freedom and anti-discrimination law the court unanimously found against the florist stating “The State of Washington bars discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.” This decision is to be appealed at the US Supreme Court by Barronelle Stuzman.