BOB ESCHLIMAN, Charisma News
The Alliance Defending Freedom is asking the Supreme Court to consolidate Baronelle Stutzman’s religious liberty case with another similar case the high court has already accepted for the next term.
Just a few weeks ago, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to take up the case of Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker who is being punished because he would not make a wedding cake for a same-sex “marriage” in violation of his deeply held religious beliefs.
Now, the Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Phillips, is also asking the high court to take up the case of Barronelle Stutzman, the floral artist from Washington state who faces similar government persecution in her home state. She was sued by the American Civil Liberties Union and Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, a Democrat, merely for living consistently with her faith.
Stutzman had served Rob Ingersoll, who is homosexual, on several occasions over the course of 10 years, but when he approached her about making custom floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding, she explained that she could not do so without violating her deeply held religious beliefs, and pointed him to a florist who could. The two continued to chat about the wedding, they hugged, and Ingersoll left her store.
She was later sued for that conversation by the ACLU and Ferguson for unlawfully discriminating against Ingersoll.
“Rob Ingersoll and I have been friends since very nearly the first time he walked into my shop all those years ago,” Stutzman said. “There was never an issue with his being gay, just as there hasn’t been with any of my other customers or employees. He just enjoyed my custom floral designs, and I loved creating them for him.