Christian Florist Taking Fight To U.S. Supreme Court After Being Sued By Gay Couple
Florist Taking Fight For Religious Liberty To The Supreme Court
On Sunday, WND reported that lawyers for the Christian florist, Barronelle Stutzman, who was sued by a gay couple for refusing to provide flowers for their wedding are vowing to take the fight for religious liberty to the U.S. Supreme Court. This announcement comes after a ruling on Thursday where the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that she violated anti-discrimination laws.
“Discrimination based on same-sex marriage constitutes discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation,” wrote Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud in the court’s opinion.
The court further stated that the state’s anti-discrimination law does not infringe upon Stutzman’s freedom of religious expression.
The Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending Stutzman, begs to differ.
“They’re wrong,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner, who argued Stutzman’s case before the Washington state Supreme Court.
“We’re deeply disappointed with today’s court decision,” Waggoner told WND and Radio America. “The First Amendment protects Baronelle’s rights as a small business owner and a creative professional. She has loved and respected everyone who has walked into her store. She served this gentleman (Ingersoll) for nearly 10 years and simply declined an event, one ceremony that was a religious ceremony because of her religious convictions.”
The attorneys representing Stutzman are absolutely correct, being forced to engage in business that violates Stutzman’s personal religious beliefs is without question infringing on her freedom of religious expression.
The most disgusting part of this entire case is that Stutzman served this gentleman for a decade and only refused service to him one time because it was a religious ceremony and she had a strong religious conviction not to participate. That is her right. Business owners should have the right to refuse service to anyone they choose and for anyone reason.
From The Conservative Review:
But what is a rock sold truth you can bet your house on, according to the Washington State Supreme Court?
That providing flowers to a fake wedding would not serve as an endorsement of that shame because “providing flowers for a wedding between Muslims would not necessarily constitute an endorsement of Islam, nor would providing flowers for an atheist couple endorse atheism.”
That’s an actual legal opinion, folks. In a sane world, it should lead to impeachment. But we are not sane. We are the people who claim to worship science, but then deny it when we look between our legs.
The couple that is suing Stutzman could have gone to any other florist and asked them to provide flowers for their wedding but instead they decided to sue Stutzman which may drive her out of business. This is just another example of the hatred and intolerance that embodies the liberal movement.
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