BREAKING: Washington Supreme Court Rules Against Christian Florist

February 16, 2017

by Maggie Gallagher


Washington’s state Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Barronelle Stutzman may not refuse to arrange floral decorations for gay weddings:

‘As Stutzman acknowledged at deposition, 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,’ the opinion said.

Despite Mrs. Stutzman’s willingness to serve gay people and couples equally — it’s only helping beautify a gay wedding she objects to — she still lost. She is not required to serve any weddings, but if she markets her services to any wedding, she must serve gay weddings too.

Stutzman’s lawyers immediately announced they would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the decision.  Unfortunately under existing constitutional law and the existing Supreme Court, she faces long odds and an uphill battle.

Most likely, active conscience protection legislation will be necessary to prevent this kind of punitive treatment of traditional believers, similar to the conscience protections protecting pro-life doctors and hospitals.

Will that happen anywhere in the country in 2017?

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project and can be followed on Twitter @MaggieGallaghe.


Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

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  • David says:

    This is bs. What happened to our rights as business people to refuse service to anyone anytime. We even had signs that stated this. America should be free of this communistic judging. They could have easily found another florist that wasn’t constrained by their own beliefs. Government should get out of our businesses. They didn’t create them and they shouldn’t be able to tell us what we can or can’t do over petty shit like this. It’s called free enterprise for a reason.

  • David says:

    This is bs. What happened to our rights a business people to refuse service to anyone anytime. We even had signs that states this. America should be free of this communistic judging. They could have easily found another florist that wasn’t constrained by their own beliefs. Government should get out of our businesses. They didn’t crest them and they shouldn’t be able to tell us what we can or can’t do over petty shit like this.

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