The U.S. Supreme Court declined on Friday (July 2) to hear a case from a Christian florist challenging Washington state law which forced her to provide her services for same-sex weddings.
Justices Clarence Thomas, Thomas Alito, and Neil Gorsuch declared their willingness to hear the case but other conservative-leaning Justices such as Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett did not join the vote putting the case below the threshold necessary for a ruling.
Washington state and the American Civil Liberties Union first sued florist Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington in 2013 for refusing to design flower arrangements for a gay couple’s wedding because of her faith-based objections.
The florist served gay customers Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll for “nearly 10 years” but when she drew the line at supplying flowers for their wedding ceremony, the Washington attorney general banned Stutzman from “discriminating” against gay couples. The Washington Supreme Court upheld the ban, even after SCOTUS asked the state’s court to keep the landmark Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling into account.
Alliance Defending Freedom General Counsel Kristen Waggoner called the outcome “tragic” in a statement….
The above comes from a July 2 story in the Federalist.