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OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington State Supreme Court has stood by its previous decision declaring that a Christian-identified florist unlawfully discriminated against a longtime customer in declining to create arrangements for his same-sex “wedding.” The U.S. Supreme Court had asked the state court to revisit its ruling in light of the Colorado Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, which found that hostility toward religion unfairly influenced the legal judgment. The Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled on Thursday that the judicial system had not “violated the United States Constitution’s [requirement] of religious neutrality” when it issued a decision against Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers. “We now hold that the answer to the Supreme Court’s question is no; the adjudicatory bodies that considered this case did not act with religious animus when they ruled that the florist and her corporation violated the Washington […]

 

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