Ingersoll & Freed v. Arlene’s Flowers (Washington State Supreme Court, 2016)

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Arlene’s Flowers’ owner Barronelle Stutzman refused to sell flowers to a gay couple, Ingersoll and Freed, for their wedding. A Washington Superior Court ruled that the florist violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when she denied service to the couple and said that the defendants’ refusal based on her religious opposition to same sex marriage is, as a matter of law, a refusal based on Ingersoll and Freed’s sexual orientation in violation of the Washington anti-discrimination law.

Arlene’s Flowers appealed the ruling to the Washington State Supreme Court. ADL submitted a brief in support of the couple urging the court to affirm the lower court’s decision and reject arguments that religious or moral disapproval is a legitimate basis for discrimination against minority groups.