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U.S. Supreme Court ducks dispute over florist who refused gay wedding request

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U.S. Supreme Court ducks dispute over florist who refused gay wedding request

U.S. Supreme Court ducks dispute over florist who refused gay wedding request
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After siding with a baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sent back to lower courts a similar dispute over a florist who declined to create flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding based on her Christian beliefs.

The justices threw out a 2017 ruing by Washington state's Supreme Court that Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in the city of Richland, about 200 miles (320 km) southeast of Seattle, had violated the state's anti-discrimination law and a consumer protection measure.

The court ordered the top Washington state court to revisit the case in light of its ruling on June 4 in favour of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who similarly cited his Christian beliefs in refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham)

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