"In light of " Jack Phillips Decision, Court grants appeal to Washington state florist fined for declining gay wedding.
St. Louis, MO: The Supreme Court today granted an appeal to Barronelle Stutzman, the Richland, Washington florist, who was fined for declining to participate in a same-sex wedding in 2013. Stutzman's case must now be reviewed again by the Washington State Supreme Court to be re-evaluated in light of the Supreme Court decision in defense of Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado.
"This is excellent news for the cause of religious liberty," said Ed Martin, president of Phyllis Schlafly Eagles. "The U.S. Supreme Court has set a great precedent for considering these cases thoughtfully. Whether or not the Washington Supreme Court changes their decision – we don't know. But the tone of defending those who hold religious convictions is now set! The U.S. Supreme Court is showing great support for the First Amendment through their decision in favor of Jack Phillips and now this granted appeal for Barronelle Stutzman.
"We encourage the Washington state Justices to consider the freedom of conscience and speech that our nation so dearly holds. They should follow the lead of the U.S. Supreme Court Justices in their decision to support the First Amendment."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 25, 2018
CONTACT: RYAN HITE, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR