We've told you extensively about Barronelle Stutzman, the florist in Washington who was sued for following her religious convictions regarding the meaning of marriage.
Today, her case is before the Washington Supreme Court.
First, read what Barronelle herself had to say about the case:
"Rob Ingersoll and I have been friends since very nearly the first time he walked into my shop. I always thought that must be because Rob “gets it” – what it means to be a particular kind of artist, working to create beautiful messages through flowers and the talents God has given me. All those years, he always asked for me, when he could easily have gone somewhere else for his arrangements. There was never an issue with his being gay (nor has there been with any of my other customers or employees). He just enjoyed my arrangements, and I loved creating them for him.
"Since I never hid my faith, I always figured Rob understood that my beliefs shape not only how I look at the world, but how I envision and create my art – the art he appreciated for so long. So it wasn’t that I wouldn’t create something to celebrate his same-sex wedding – I couldn’t. This wasn’t about selling him flowers, or celebrating a birthday. This involved what, to me, is an event of unique spiritual significance – a sacred covenant. Art, like faith, comes from the heart, from who I am. I couldn’t deny my faith – even for so dear a friend – without damaging the very creativity he was asking for."
Second, here's what ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner, who will argue before the court with co-counsel George Ahrend, had to say:
"If the government can ruin Barronelle for peacefully living and working according to her faith, it can punish anyone else in Washington for expressing their beliefs. Barronelle served the man who is suing her dozens of times for different life events for nearly a decade. This case is about the government forcing her to participate in an event and promote ideas against her will under the threat of punishment. She stands to lose everything simply for declining to promote the state-approved meaning of marriage."
Finally, you can watch the oral arguments live here, at 9:00 a.m. PST.