Christian Florist Wins at Supreme Court in Gay Wedding Case

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

While the Supreme Court did not weigh in yet on whether or not there was unfair hostility in this case, in the court proceedings involving Stutzman and her flower shop, the state of Washington had argued that there was no religious animosity.

The U.S. Supreme Court Monday handed a major religious liberty win to a Washington state Christian florist, vacating a lower court ruling that had required her to design an arrangement for a gay marriage ceremony.

The Washington Supreme Court ruled a year ago that the government may force Christians to serve same-sex "weddings", and in July 2017, the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case.

In Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Supreme Court ruled that Colorado's Civil Rights Commission violated the free exercise rights of a Christian baker Jack Phillips by showing hostility to his explained religious reasons for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding. In delivering the court's opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said states are well within their power to enact anti-discrimination measures in public accommodations laws, but laws must be fairly enforced. "The attorney general has always ignored that part of my case, choosing to vilify me and my faith instead of respecting my religious beliefs about marriage".

It returned the case to Washington's Supreme Court, giving florist Barronelle Stutzman an opportunity to restate her case.

The cases are Arlene's Flowers v. A unanimous Washington Supreme Court found that the florist, Barronelle Stutzman, violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination, a state civil rights law.

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Ingersoll said, "Curt and I now live our lives on-guard in a way that we didn't before we were turned away from Arlene's Flowers". The state Supreme Court didn't buy it.

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 USA congressional seats.

Iancucristi / Dreamstime.comThe Supreme Court today punted another case back down to the state level rather than further explore whether wedding service providers could legally be ordered to serve same-sex couples.

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