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Considering that Stutzman had served Ingersol for about a decade and only objected to using her talents to create floral arrangements for their same-sex wedding, she, with the help of the law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, challenged the ruling to the state's high court. However, the nine-justice appellate court unanimously upheld the ruling of Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom. A majority opinion written by Associate Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud argues that the Washington Law Against Discrimination "does not infringe" on any of Stutzman's constitutional protections. "The state of Washington bars discrimination in public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation. Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. We therefore hold that the conduct for which Stutzman was cited and fined in this case refusing her commercially marketed wedding floral services to Ingersoll and Freed because theirs would be a same-sex wedding constitutes sexual orientation discrimination under the WLAD," the opinion states. "We also hold that the WLAD may be enforced against Stutzman because it does not infringe any constitutional protection. As applied in this case, the WLAD does not compel speech or association." "And assuming that it substantially burdens Stutzman's religious free exercise, the WLAD does not violate her right to religious free exercise under either the First Amendment or article I, section 11 because it is a neutral, generally applicable law that serves our state government's compelling interest in eradicating discrimination in public accommodations." In a press release, ADF explained that Stutzman will appeal the case to the United States Supreme Court. "This case is about crushing dissent. In a free America, people with differing beliefs must have room to coexist," Kristen Waggoner, the ADF co-counsel who argued the case before the court in November, said in a statement. "It's wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their will.

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