Friday, March 4, 2016

Washington State Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Anti-Gay Florist's Appeal

Florist Barronelle Stutzman

After refusing to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding in 2013, Barronelle Stutzman was found to have violated Washington state's public accommodation laws and fined $1,000.

Stutzman has appealed the decision to the state's supreme court, and the court has agreed to hear the appeal:

Washington’s Supreme Court says it will hear an appeal of a Richland flower shop owner who ran into legal trouble for refusing to provide services for a same-sex wedding in 2013. The court issued a decision Wednesday saying it would hear the case of Barronelle Stutzman, the proprietor of Arlene’s Flowers. Last year, Stutzman was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine for refusing to provide flowers for the wedding of a long-time customer. The great-grandmother has since become a national figure, testifying before state lawmakers in Indiana and Kansas.

It's worth noting that Stutzman received a windfall of over $170,000 from a crowdfunding campaign via supporters.

To cover a $1,000 fine.

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