Supreme Court Won't Hear Anti-Gay Florist's Appeal

Supreme Court Won't Hear Anti-Gay Florist's Appeal

Kristen Waggoner, the senior vice president of ADF's U.S. legal division, said in a statement the U.S. Supreme Court "rightfully asked the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider Barronelle's case in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision".

In that case, a baker refused to design and create a wedding cake for a same-sex couple - arguing it opposed his religious beliefs.

In a separate lawsuit, filed by the the state attorney general, a judge found Stutzman guilty of violating the state's anti-discrimination law and fined her $1,000 dollars.

Waggoner said Stutzman had sold the customer, Rob Ingersoll, flowers for almost a decade and knew he was gay, but that his marriage did not comport with her beliefs and she could not provide services for it.

In the Masterpiece case, the Supreme Court justices decided that members of the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had been unfairly hostile to Phillips' religious justifications for his actions.

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In February of a year ago, the Washington Supreme Court ruled in favor of the couple, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, and against Baronelle Stutzman (above) of Arlene's Flowers, stating the "case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases in the 1960s were about access to sandwiches". The state court will now re-examine Stutzman's case for any evidence of anti-religious bias.

The US Supreme Court has refused an appeal bid for Brendan Dassey, the nephew featured in acclaimed crime documentary Making A Murderer. In its unanimous ruling, the court wrote, "Public accommodations laws do not simply guarantee access to goods or services".

In a 5-4 vote, the high court threw out a lower court ruling that had found that lawmakers intentionally undercut the voting power of Hispanic and black voters, oftentimes to keep white incumbents in office. Washington courts will review the florist's case for similar issues. "A ruling for the couple in Arlene's Flowers on remand would underscore that the Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop does not provide a license to discriminate against LGBT people or against anyone else protected by nondiscrimination laws". It's not clear that either case will turn out differently and both could return to the Supreme Court quickly, perhaps in time for the term that begins in October.

The nation's highest court on Monday announced it will not take up the case of Brendan Dassey, a central figure in the Netflix series that suggests he was wrongfully convicted for murder when he was a teen.

The case involved an appeal by the 11 states - Iowa, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah and Vermont - of a 2016 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that favored American Express.

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