An interesting article and dilemma. Washington State recently passed a law making same sex marriages legal. They also have a law making it illegal to discriminate against protected classes and homosexuals are considered to be a protected class. However, the State constitution has a clause in it that states "Absolute freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment, belief in worship shall be guaranteed to every individual and no one shall be molested or disturbed in person or property on account of religion."
To further muddy the waters, this shop owner has known this gay man for some time. She has sold him flowers on numerous occasions and knows that he is gay. She turned down the request to supply flowers knowing that the flowers would be used on/in a gay wedding; citing her own religious beliefs, and the clause in the state constitution which does not force her to do something that conflicts those beliefs.
The state sued her for discriminatory actions in violation of the state law. She is counter-suing claiming she is/was protected under the state constitution, claiming that it supersedes the state law. What do you think?
Here is a link to one report - http://mynorthwest.com/76/2275907/Richland-florist-sued-by-state-for-refusing-gay-wedding-sues-back