State Supreme Court Hears Case Of Florist Who Turned Away Gay Couple

"The government is coming in and telling me what to say, what to create, what to believe."

Barronelle Stutzman, the homophobic Washington florist who drove her business into the ground by refusing to serve LGBT people, is about to get her second chance in court.

Stutzman was sued by a gay couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, in 2013 after she declined to do business with them because they are gay.

According to the Seattle Times, attorneys for Stutzman argued in front of the state Supreme Court on Tuesday and claimed that creating a floral arrangement is “a form of speech deserving of protection,” and that Stutzman’s civil rights have been violated.

“The government is coming in and telling me what to say, what to create, what to believe. That’s not America to me,” said Stutzman.

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Unfortunately for Stutzman, Attorney General Bob Ferguson does not agree with her.

Ferguson reportedly told the court that “Ms. Stutzman is free to believe what she wishes,” but must obey state anti-discrimination laws as a person running a public business.

The court, according to the Seattle Times, is not expected to rule for several months.

Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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