Baptist Press. OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) — Florist Barronelle Stutzman is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case again for liberty to refuse floral requests that violate her Christian convictions.
When the high court first heard Stutzman’s case in 2018, it threw out a state court ruling against her. U.S. justices ordered the lower court to reconsider Stutzman’s case in light of new legal precedent from the Supreme Court itself. Complying with the order, the state in June upheld its ruling against Stutzman, maintaining she discriminated against a homosexual couple by refusing to design floral arrangements for their wedding.
The 74-year-old grandmother could lose her business and life savings in the suit brought by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the American Civil Liberties Union.
Stutzman is not giving up, her attorneys at Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) have announced.
“It’s hard to deny the government hostility at play here,” ADF’s Sarah Kramer wrote Wednesday (Sept. 11) at adflegal.org. “The bottom line is that Americans should not have to live in fear of government punishment simply for living consistently with their beliefs…. Please join us in praying that the Supreme Court takes up her case.”
To date, the high court has not listed the case among those to be considered when it convenes Oct. 7, according to supremecourt.gov.