Barronelle Stutzman was sued by a gay couple for refusing to provide flowers for their wedding. Her lawyers are vowing to take the fight for her rights to religious liberty to the U.S. Supreme Court. This happened after the Washington State Supreme Court ruled unanimously that she violated anti-discrimination laws. She is being forced to engage in business that directly violates her personal religious beliefs. If she were to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, she would be infringing on her freedom of religious expression.
From 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.”
Stutzman had been serving this gentleman for a decade, but only refused him service for the wedding because it was a religious ceremony and it impeded with her freedom of religious expression.
“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.”