2 cases _ and anyone's guess _ left in Supreme Court term

2 cases _ and anyone's guess _ left in Supreme Court term

2 cases _ and anyone's guess _ left in Supreme Court term

Stutzman, a Washington state florist, was offered multiple opportunities to settle her case by state and local prosecutors but repeatedly refused.

In that case, the majority agreed that Phillips was met with "religious hostility" on the part of a state civil rights commission that ruled against him while allowing other bakers to turn away a customer seeking cakes with anti-gay messages.

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Schmucky me. I thought that what the Court did with Arlene's would determine doctrine with respect to the competing rights of gays to be served in public accommodations and proprietors who believe that such service violates their religious beliefs.

"The government has no authority to force Americans like Barronelle to engage in speech and events with which they morally disagree. The state of Washington, acting through its attorney general, has shown similar hostility here". "The two sued Stutzman after she declined, because of her faith, to design custom floral arrangements celebrating the same-sex wedding of a customer she had served for almost ten years".

The 73-year-old florist, Barronelle Stutzman, appealed after Washington's Supreme Court ruled unanimously last year that she broke the state's anti-discrimination law by refusing on religious grounds to provide flowers for the wedding of a customer at her Richland shop, Arlene's Flowers, in 2013.

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In Arlene's Flowers, "the court either embraced these arguments or it left them intact", Waggoner said. She said her colleagues had blinded themselves "to the overwhelming factual record below".

The U.S. Supreme Court won't immediately take up arguments about whether North Carolina Republican lawmakers went too far in 2016 when they redrew the state's 13 congressional election districts to intentionally give their party a 10 to 3 advantage.

The U.S. Supreme Court has made a decision to send a dispute over North Carolina's congressional map back to a lower court for another look. The other dealt with religious exemptions from anti-discrimination laws for opponents of same-sex marriage. In contrast, however, Ferguson has steadfastly-and on his own initiative-pursued unprecedented measures to punish 73-year-old Stutzman not just in her capacity as a business owner but also in her personal capacity, threatening her personal assets, including her life savings. The Court has once again punted and, on balance, has ruled for the Christian - at least for now.

"We are confident that the [Washington] court will again see that no business should have a right to discriminate". In a narrow ruling, the court sent that case back to the state for reexamination as well. A number of disputes concerning businesses that sell wedding services, including calligraphers, photographers and videographers, are being litigated around the nation.

The core question is whether it's possible to create a religious carve-out to federal anti-discrimination laws, says New York Times Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak.

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