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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) - A Richland florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex marriage on religious grounds is once again asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take her case.

Barronelle Stutzman and her attorneys announced Wednesday they will continue to pursue a Supreme Court hearing in the 6-year-old case.

The 74-year-old Stutzman owns Arlene's Flowers in Richland.

The Supreme Court last year remanded the case back to the Washington Supreme Court, which in June reiterated that Stutzman broke state law by refusing to design the flowers for the same-sex wedding.

A Southern Baptist, Stutzman has argued that designing flowers is an artistic expression protected under the First Amendment.

Her lawyers contend that no creative professional should be required to create art that violates their core convictions.

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Desert Dweller

What ever happened to "we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone"?

Stick to your convictions you have to answer to your maker.

Cheburashka

I think that went out with segregated lunch counters and White-only bathrooms. Or do you support those policies as well? Private businesses have been barred from certain types of discrimination since the 1960s. The ADA added a lot to that illegalization of discrimination. If racists and "able-ists" are legally prevented from discrimination, why should homophobes be exempt?

Desert Dweller

Who in their right mind wants to force someone to serve them against their will? If you don't like their belief system go somewhere else.

Desert Dweller

Particularly when you plan to eat the product!!

Cheburashka

Yes, that worked so well in Alabama in the 1950s.

Cheburashka

Most people don't eat flowers. Maybe you are thinking of flour

Cheburashka

Way to do business, lady. Do you think being unkind will get you into heaven?

Manivoodoo

Of course it will, just ask the Spanish involved in the Inquisition and the Christians involved in the Crusades. Throughout most of human history the worst atrocities have been done to Christians by more devout Christians. On topic, it's every American's right to be as big of a jerk as they want. That's what Freedom means and here in the states we tend to vote with our wallets as much as our ballots. Let the lady refused refuse service and see how well that works out for her business.

Desert Dweller

Exactly, if society doesn't want to condone it the business will fail.

Cheburashka

You must have missed that part in the founding fathers beliefs related to the tyranny of the majority. America was founded on the idea of protecting minorities.

Desert Dweller

I kinda thought a big part of the founding of the United States was freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. Must be my mistake that we are supposed to force people to act a certain way regardless of their beliefs.

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