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26 June, 2018, 17:46 | Author: Kristine Mills
  • SCOTUS won't hear same-sex wedding flower case

The Arlene's Flowers case may eventually work its way back up to the Supreme Court, where SCOTUS may choose to tackle the issue of whether the providing of wedding goods and services count as expressive speech that can not be mandated without violating the First Amendment.

Arlene's Flowers owner Baronelle Stutzman was prosecuted by Washington state for refusing, due to her Christian beliefs, to arrange flowers for a gay couple she had served for a decade. Other cases now working their way through the lower courts involve printers, photographers, videographers, and calligraphers who said their religious beliefs will not allow them to offer their services for same-sex wedding ceremonies.

Both Washington and the couple sued, and state courts ruled that she violated laws forbidding businesses to discriminate on the basis of several factors including sexual orientation. Stutzman had counted Robert Ingersoll as a customer for almost a decade when he came in one day in 2013 and said he wanted to talk about flowers for his wedding to his longtime companion, Curt Freed. The court sided with the baker on narrow grounds, ruling the Colorado Civil Rights Commission treated him unfairly when it first heard the case.

It's not clear from the record that the Washington Supreme Court will evaluate Stutzman's case any differently in light of the Colorado ruling.

Despite the Supreme Court vacating the lower decision, James Esseks of the left-wing ACLU stressed that it "made no decision on the case's merits", and expressed confidence that the Washington Supreme Court would reaffirm "rule once again in favor of the same-sex couple".

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That ruling was narrowly overturned in 2017 by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that Dassey's conviction was voluntary and thus, his conviction stands.

When Barronelle Stutzman was approached by a regular customer about having her flower shop, Arlene's Flowers, create arrangements for his wedding to another man, she refused.

"We hope to get this case back before the U.S. Supreme Court next term, in time for fair districts for 2020". The Supreme Court past year said an earlier map relied too heavily on race in fashioning two congressional districts.

The U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the Washington Supreme Court, instructing that the case be reconsidered in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision earlier this month. She could not help celebrate her friend's wedding because it would violate her convictions.

In a blistering dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the court went "out of its way to permit the State of Texas to use maps that the three-judge District Court unanimously found were adopted for the objective of preserving the racial discrimination that tainted its previous maps".


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