The Washington Supreme Court earlier this year ruled against Barronelle Stutzman, a florist who declined to provide services for a homosexual “wedding.”
Stutzman had described the man who complained about her a friend. This friend had to have known she was a Christian with objections to the profaning of marriage.
The state’s attorney general and the so-called American Civil Liberties Union sued Stutzman’s flower shop and her personally.
Stutzman has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case. From her legal counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom (emphasis added):
ADF attorneys are also asking the high court to consolidate Stutzman’s case with a similar ADF case that the court already accepted, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, which involves cake artist Jack Phillips.
“If the government can ruin Barronelle for peacefully living and working according to her faith, it can punish anyone else for expressing their beliefs,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner, who argued before the Washington Supreme Court together with co-counsel George Ahrend in November of last year. “The government shouldn’t have the power to force a 72-year-old grandmother to surrender her freedom in order to run her family business. Anyone who supports the First Amendment rights that the U.S. Constitution guarantees to all of us should stand with Barronelle.”