Re: "Florist says she won't serve gays" (TNT, 2-21).
Article 1, Section 11 of the Washington Constitution states, "Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief and worship, shall be guaranteed to every individual, and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion . . ."
The owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland is being sued by the state for declining to florally decorate for a same-sex wedding. The business had for nine years provided flowers for one of the individuals being married, with no difference in relationship or treatment from any other customer, but by matter of her faith and conscience could not agree to decorate for the marriage event.
Learning of her refusal, the attorney general began proceedings against the business and the owner personally. Benton County Superior Court ruled against Arlene's Flowers, making the business and the owner's personal assets subject to state seizure.
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Note that the florist objected to the service being requested, not the person requesting the service. Article 1 also reads that "Governments are established to protect and maintain individual rights." What about religious freedom?