Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) attorney Kerri Kupec and Worldwide KFUO moderator Kip Allen discuss the case of Barronelle Stutzman during a “Free to be Faithful” program.
Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., was sued after she declined to provide her services for a gay marriage ceremony.
In February, Washington’s Supreme Court ruled against Stutzman and ordered her to pay penalties and attorney fees for refusing to use her God-given talent for something she believes is immoral.
ADF now looks to the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the state court’s decision, saying the state’s ruling violates First Amendment protections.
- Last year, the LCMS joined an amicus brief for the Washington Supreme Court in support of Stutzman and the principle that the government cannot force Americans to use their abilities and vocation to perform services that violate their faith and conscience.
- Read the case details for State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers and Ingersoll v. Arlene’s Flowers.
- To learn more about the Synod’s religious liberty education and awareness campaign, visit lcms.org/social-issues/free-to-be-faithful.
- Alliance Defending Freedom — adflegal.org