WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Friday declined to take up the case of a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding, leaving in place a decision that she broke state anti-discrimination laws.

Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch said they would have agreed to hear the case and review the decision. Four justices are needed for the court to take a case.

In 2018 the high court ordered Washington state courts to take a new look at the case involving florist Barronelle Stutzman and her Arlene’s Flowers business. That followed the justices’ decision in a different case involving a Colorado baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex wedding.

After that review, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously that state courts did not act with animosity toward religion when they ruled Stutzman broke the state’s anti-discrimination laws by refusing on religious grounds to provide flowers for the wedding of Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed.

The florist’s reaction

Although the high court’s decision wasn’t a legal victory, Stutzman said on Friday that the experience has been a godsend and that she has no regrets about taking a stand for what she believes.

“We have been extremely blessed throughout this,” she said in a phone interview. “We feel we have won by all the people we’ve met, the examples we’ve seen.”

She said Ingersoll has not been into her shop since she declined to create the floral arrangements for his wedding, but she would love for that to change.

“I wish he would,” she said. “I’d love for him to.”

— Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times reporter

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Stutzman had sold Ingersoll flowers for nearly a decade and knew he was gay. But she contended his marriage went against her religious beliefs and she felt she could not provide services for the event.

Washington state law says businesses offering services to opposite-sex couples must provide the same service to same-sex couples.