AG Paxton Releases Statement on the Washington State Supreme Court’s Decision in the Arlene’s Flowers Case



AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today released the following statement after the Washington State Supreme Court ruled against the constitutional rights of Arlene’s Flowers’ owner Barronelle Stuztman:

“The First Amendment guarantees the liberty to speak freely, and the fundamental right to disagree. The government cannot force individuals to create art against their conscience and deeply held religious beliefs. Today’s display of intolerance by the Washington State Supreme Court both defies the Constitution and seeks to outlaw the belief that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. Compelling individuals to speak messages against their sincerely held beliefs is un-American and unconstitutional.”