The state of Washington’s Supreme Court recently handed down a ruling that puts the religious liberty of all Americans at risk.
As the Associated Press reports, “The Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously … that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke the state’s anti-discrimination law.”
The florist, Barronelle Stutzman, had served the same-sex couple in question many times in the past. What she objected to as a matter of Christian conscience was participation in a same-sex wedding.
Stutzman’s attorneys argued that flower arranging is an expressive ability that constitutes a form of speech protected by the Constitution under the First Amendment. The Washington court denied this and we can only ask, that if Barronelle Stutzman’s professional application of her ability as a florist is not speech and thus is not protected speech, then what about any other form of artistic expression?
This is not only a loss for one Washington state florist. It’s a loss every American citizen.