Supreme Court Grants Appeal of Florist Who Refused to Serve Gay Wedding

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday granted the appeal of a Washington state florist, effectively erasing a lower court ruling against her. The move came after the court gave a narrow victory on June 4 to a Colorado baker who refused to make a cake for a gay wedding. That decision affected only him and offered no guidance on how to referee similar disputes between same-sex couples and business owners who cite religious objections in refusing to serve them. The florist said her arrangements were works of art and that having to create them for a same-sex wedding would violate her freedom of expression. Her lawyer, Kristen Waggoner of the Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom, called her “an artist with a conscience who cannot separate her artistic creativity from her soul.”
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