Barrett, Kavanaugh and Roberts Betrayed a Woman of Faith
Can Barronelle Stutzman, a Christian, run her flower shop in keeping with her faith?
The Supreme Court -- with determinative votes cast by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Amy Coney Barrett and Brett Kavanaugh -- has effectively decided she cannot.
"My faith is a part of every aspect of my life," Stutzman said in a sworn statement presented seven years ago in a Washington state court. "I believe that God requires me to apply my faith in all that I do whether that is in my personal life or my business."
"In the mid-1970s, I began learning the art of floral design and creation at my mother's floral shop in Connell," she said. "In 1989, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. So I purchased the business from my mom in 1996 and became the sole owner of Arlene's Flowers, where I continue to design floral arrangements."
Over the years, Stutzman employed gay workers and did floral design work for gay customers -- without discriminating in any way.
Then, one long-time customer, Robert Ingersoll, asked her to do the floral work for his wedding to another man.
"I tried to respond in the most sensitive way I knew how," she told the court. "I gently took his hand, looked him in the eye, and told him that I could not do his wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ."
"I believe that God created two distinct genders, male and female, in His image and the Bible defines marriage as a union of one man and one woman as ordained by God," she said. "This is also the doctrine of my Southern Baptist faith."
"Participating in a same-sex wedding ceremony in the way Rob requested would violate my conscience, and I would be held accountable to the Lord for this," she concluded. "I also believe that if I participated in a same-sex wedding ceremony in the way Rob requested, others would see my actions as an endorsement of the ceremony."
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued Stutzman, arguing she had violated a state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.