SCOTUS Punts Case Of Anti-Gay Florist


Writing for the 7-2 majority in the Masterpiece ruling, Justice Anthony Kennedy held that the commissioners on the Colorado Civil Rights Commission showed hostility toward Phillips religious beliefs.

In a statement today after the court's ruling, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said the decision "restored the rule of law to the redistricting process". Instead, the court ruled only that members of the state civil rights commission made comments that reflected a "hostility to religion".

The Supreme Court for decades has invalidated state electoral maps due to racial discrimination but has been reluctant to intervene over district boundaries drawn purely for partisan advantage.

But on Monday, the Supreme Court ordered those judges to revisit the case in light of its ruling last week on a similar situation in Wisconsin.

The lower court found that the configuration of two U.S. House of Representatives districts violated the Voting Rights Act, a 1965 federal law that protects minority voters and was enacted to address a history of racial discrimination in voting, especially in Southern states.

Lambda Legal submitted a friend-of-the-court brief to the Washington Supreme Court in this case, with co-counsel Dan Shih and Lindsey Godfrey Eccles of the Susman Godfrey LLP law firm.

The high court on June 18 declined to issue a major ruling in two high-profile cases from Wisconsin and Maryland that could have curbed the ability of state lawmakers to draw electoral districts purely for partisan advantage. "The court today seems to minimize the chances that these remedies are going to be effective in future cases", he said.

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Information for this article was contributed by Adam Liptak of The New York Times; and by Gene Johnson and Mark Sherman of The Associated Press.

I do not see how the Washington Supreme Court has any choice but to reinstate the original judgment after review.

"The U.S. Supreme Court has rightfully asked the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider Barronelle's case in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision". Rather than agree to hear the case of Arlene's Flowers next term or deny its owner's appeal outright, the high court sent the case back to Washington's Supreme Court to determine if Barronelle Stutzman was treated fairly by state courts.

The Supreme Court signaled Monday that it is unwilling to immediately answer whether a business owner's religious beliefs can justify refusing gay couples seeking wedding services.

Early this month, the Supreme Court issued a limited ruling in favour of Jack Phillips, the proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado. Disability Rights Washington, El Centro de la Raza, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, PFLAG Seattle, Pride Foundation, QLaw Association of Washington, South Asian Bar Association of Washington and Washington Women Lawyers joined the brief.

Stutzman says it didn't bother her then, and it doesn't bother her now that her friend and customer is gay, adding she opted out of participating in one event in ten years because scripture teaches her that marriage between a man and a woman.