WASHINGTON — Today, Human Rights Campaign (HRC) President Alphonso David celebrated the Supreme Court’s decision to reject certiorari for Ingersoll & Freed v. Arlene’s Flowers, Inc., a case that evaluated whether a state violates a business owner’s First Amendment rights to free speech by enforcing a state nondiscrimination law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in places of public accommodation.
The Washington Supreme Court found that the refusal of Arlene’s Flowers to sell flowers to a same-sex couple violated Washington Law Against Discrimination and the Consumer Protection Act, the flower shop then appealed the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. By rejecting certiorari, the Supreme Court allows the lower court’s decision to stand.
Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:
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