In Arlene's Flowers v. Washington, Stutzman had asked the Supreme Court to consider whether requiring her to provide the flowers would violate her First Amendment rights to free speech and religion.
On June 4, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Jack Phillips, the Evangelical Christian wedding baker in Colorado who declined to custom-design a wedding cake to celebrate a same-sex wedding. Other cases now working their way through the lower courts involve printers, photographers, videographers, and calligraphers who said their religious beliefs will not allow them to offer their services for same-sex wedding ceremonies. Stutzman had counted Robert Ingersoll as a customer for almost a decade when he came in one day in 2013 and said he wanted to talk about flowers for his wedding to his longtime companion, Curt Freed. But the ruling was narrowly focused on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission's treatment of the baker, leaving open questions about similar cases.
She said the Washington attorney general "has always ignored that part of my case, choosing to vilify me and my faith, instead of respecting my religious beliefs about marriage".
In its decision, the Washington Supreme Court said it agreed with the couple's assertion in a brief that "this case is no more about access to flowers than civil rights cases in the 1960s were about access to sandwiches".
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Perkins adds, "Our hope and prayer is that the lower court that ruled against Barronelle's religious freedom will acknowledge the grave error in their previous ruling and restore Barronelle's freedom to live out her deeply held convictions in her own business. I view this as a profound miscarriage of justice", Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner wrote in her dissent.
The case the Supreme Court ruled in dates to 2010 when the Obama administration and more than a dozen states sued American Express along with Visa and MasterCard, which had similar anti-steering rules.
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.
However, because she believes marriage to be a sign of the relationship between Christ and his Church, she told Ingersoll that she could not make a flower arrangement for a same-sex wedding.
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