Christian Florist Appeals Case to Supreme Court
Veronica NeffingerReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2017 Jul 19
A Christian florist, known as the “Christian grandma florist” has appealed her case to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Christian Post reports that Barronelle Stutzman, who owns Arlene’s Flowers in Washington state, stepped into controversy when she refused to make bouquets for a same-sex wedding.
Earlier this year, a Washington court found Stutzman guilty of discrimination for refusing to provide flowers for the gay couple.
Stutzman is now hoping that the Supreme Court will take up her case. Barronelle’s legal team is arguing that the Washington court violated her First Amendment rights to artistic expression.
According to the Alliance Defending Freedom, "For more than four years, Barronelle has endured the litigation in this case with unwavering grace, humility, and faith — even as she faces losing everything she owns.
Now she will take her last stand before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to preserve her religious freedom and her right not to be forced to speak a message about marriage that violates her beliefs."
Many conservative Christians have spoken out in support of Stutzman. Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, posted on Twitter:
"The government should not bully people into violating their conscience. A [government] that can bully consciences into participating and celebrating what the conscience finds immoral is a [government] that can do *anything.*"
Photo courtesy: Adflegal.org
Publication date: July 19, 2017