Florist who refused gay wedding appeals to Washington state Supreme Court

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) – A flower shop owner in Richland who lost a lawsuit over her refusal to provide services for a same-sex wedding wants the state Supreme Court to review the case.

Attorneys for Barronelle Stutzman filed the notice of appeal on April 27.

The Tri-City Herald reports the state Supreme Court can decide to take up the case or transfer it to the state Court of Appeals to handle first.

Stutzman owns Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, and says her religious beliefs prevent her from providing flowers for a same-sex wedding.

A Benton County judge ruled earlier this year that she broke the law when she told a longtime customer that she couldn’t provide services for his same-sex wedding because of her religious beliefs. The case drew nationwide attention.

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