The Washington State Supreme Court’s decision against Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian florist for discrimination over not providing flowers for a gay wedding, steps on tradition of respecting the freedom of all Americans who have deep beliefs. It tramples upon the reservations by those who feel as though performing or contributing to these ceremonies may go against their religious values, which many consider sacred. Barronelle is not going to give up, she is taking the next step.
Barronelle Stutzman, also known as the “Christian grandma florist,” is now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her appeal to reverse a Washington court’s decision earlier this year that found her guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding.The Associated Press reported on Sunday that lawyers for Stutzman are claiming that Washington’s high court violated her First Amendment protection for artistic expression in its ruling in February.
Alliance Defending Freedom positioned in a post on Friday that Stutzman is taking her “last stand” at the Supreme Court.
“For more than four years, Barronelle has endured the litigation in this case with unwavering grace, humility, and faith — even as she faces losing everything she owns,” ADF wrote.
“Now she will take her last stand before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to preserve her religious freedom and her right not to be forced to speak a message about marriage that violates her beliefs.”
The Washington high court agreed with a 2015 Benton County Superior Court decision that fined the florist $1,001 and held her responsible for paying the thousands of dollars in legal fees incurred by Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed, the gay couple who sued her back in 2013.
Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, had served Ingersol for close to a decade, but declined to use her talents to create floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding, as it went against her religious beliefs.
“Today, religious liberty was dealt another devastating blow as the Washington state Supreme Court ruled against -year-old florist Barronelle Stutzman. Now is the time to rally to her defense and support her.”
Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, called it a “loss for every American.”
“The government should not bully people into violating their conscience,” Moore argued on Twitter.
“A [government] that can bully consciences into participating and celebrating what the conscience finds immoral is a [government] that can do *anything.*”
Which is the problem, when the government is taking over the Christian’s conscience and forcing them to violate their beliefs. Then, throwing lawsuits and fines at them, which could result in these owners losing their business. How about we protect religious liberty, which will also protect jobs. Good luck to Baronelle Stutzman, when she takes her case to the US Supreme Court.