Supreme Court Refuses Anti-Gay Florist’s Case - For Now

26 June, 2018, 19:57 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Barronelle Stutzman center a Richland Wash. florist who was fined for denying service to a gay couple in 2013 smiles as she is surrounded by supporters Nov. 15 2016 in Bellevue Wash

Stutzman has always maintained she was exercising her First Amendment rights when she refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding, explaining it goes against her Christian beliefs.

Today, HRC released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court of the United States' decision to send the case of Arlene's Flowers v. Washington back to the lower court for reconsideration.

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The federal government denied his petition for a writ of certiorari-a plea for the Supreme Court to take up his case-on Monday.

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In a 5-4 ruling, the court's conservative majority ruled that the challengers had not done enough to show that the Republican-led Texas legislature acted with discriminatory intent when it adopted new electoral maps in 2013 for state legislative and US congressional seats.

Gay couple Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed made a decision to sue Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, when she refused to provide flowers for their 2013 wedding.

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Like Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker, she said her floral arrangements were works of art and that having to create them for a same-sex wedding would violate her freedom of expression.

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But in ruling in favor of Phillips, the court dodged the larger constitutional questions concerning whether a business can decline to sell a product out of religious objections to same sex marriage.

Ferguson said in a statement "we expected this procedural step" from the U.S. Supreme Court in the aftermath of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision.

The order on the Arlene's Flowers case was expected in light of the recent ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in Colorado, said Attorney General Bob Ferguson. As usual, the Supreme Court justices didn't say why they declined to take the case. The evidence was insufficient to find, as the lower court did, that the Legislature acted in bad faith when it put the districts together, Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote in his majority opinion. "It is past time to put to rest these proliferating attempts to undermine the civil rights of LGBT people in the name of religion".

In that case, the high court simply ruled on his behalf because the Colorado commission's treatment of Phillips "showed elements of a clear and impermissible hostility toward the honest religious beliefs motivating his objection".

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Because the decision reverses a lower court ruling that said lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minorities, voting rights experts say this case can not lead to the state being "bailed-in" under the Voting Rights Act.

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