The GSBA Blog

SCOTUS Rejects Arlene's Flowers Appeal

by Matt Landers, Director of Public Policy & Government Relations
| Jul 07, 2021
On July 2, the Supreme Court of the United States denied review of the Arlene's Flowers case involving a same-sex couple turned away from a flower shop because they are part of the LGBTQ+ community. This decision lets stand the Washington State Supreme Court's unanimous ruling that there is no license to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.

Read more from ACLU, who represented Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in their suit.

GSBA joined amicus briefs with several of our member businesses and business associations both for the original case in 2015 and then again in 2019.

A big thanks to our members and partners who helped organize these briefs and who signed on to oppose discrimination, including:

Attorneys: Davis Wright Tremaine, Perkin Coie, and ACLU of Washington

Associations: Broadway Business Improvement Area, Economic Development Alliance of Skagit County, Inland Northwest Business Alliance, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Tabor 100

Businesses: Adrift Hotel, Amazon, Brooks Sports, Inc., Chachalounge LLC, Elliott Bay Book Company, Expedia Group, Group Health Cooperative, JOWW LLC (dba Percy's Co), Kaiser Permanente Washington, Microsoft, Modern Housing LLC (dba Ace Hotel Seattle), Molly Moon's Homemade Ice Cream LLC, Northwest Polite Society LLC, Pike Pine Diner LLC, RealNetworks, Inc., Recreational Equipment Inc, Salesforce, Shafty's LLC (dba Grims), Sugar Pill Inc, Wide Open Inc, Zillow Group, 98point6 Inc.