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WA Supreme Court Rules Florist Must Put Aside Religious Beliefs at Work

The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the government can force 72-year-old great-grandmother and florist Barronelle Stutzman—and, by extension, other Washingtonians—to create artistic expression and participate in events with which they disagree. Stutzman provided a gay customer with flowers for more than 10 years, but when she politely declined to participate in his same-sex wedding, the state’s Attorney General and the ACLU sued her. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) will be appealing Stutzman’s case to the U.S. Supreme Court.

ADF Notes Important Points to This Case

Says ADF Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek about this case, “This is a grave injustice. The Court’s opinion is about crushing dissent. In a free America, people with differing beliefs must have room to coexist. It’s wrong for the state to force any citizen to support a particular view about marriage or anything else against their will. Freedom of speech and religion aren’t subject to the whim of a majority; they are constitutional guarantees.

“Our nation has a long history of protecting the right to dissent, but simply because Barronelle disagrees with the state about marriage, the government and ACLU have put at risk everything she owns. This includes not only her business, but also her family’s savings, retirement funds, and home.

“It’s no wonder that so many people are rightly calling on President Trump to sign an executive order to protect our religious freedom because that freedom is clearly at risk for Barronelle and so many other Americans.”

Barronelle Defends Her Freedom of Expression

Says Barronelle Stutzman about the ruling, “Rob Ingersoll and I have been friends since very nearly the first time he walked into my shop all those years ago. There was never an issue with his being gay, just as there hasn’t been with any of my other customers or employees. He just enjoyed my custom floral designs, and I loved creating them for him.

“But now the state is trying to use this case to force me to create artistic expression that violates my deepest beliefs and take away my life’s work and savings, which will also harm those who I employ. I’m not asking for anything that our Constitution hasn’t promised me and every other American: the right to create freely, and to live out my faith without fear of government punishment or interference.”

FACT hopes you will also stand with Barronelle because Americans don’t abandon their freedom when they open a creative business. If you share this story on Twitter, please use this hashtag: #JusticeForBarronelle

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Pregnancy Care Centers in Hawaii Fight Abortion Referral Mandate

Through a House and Senate bill, state lawmakers in Hawaii are trying to force pregnancy care centers to tell pregnant women where they can go to abort their babies. Care centers must share a pro-abortion statement on posted signs in the waiting area or deliver the statement to clients. If care centers don’t, they could be fined $500 the first time and $1,000 for each subsequent offense and could get sued by women who report a violation.

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Pro-Life Groups to Protest at Planned Parenthood Clinics This Saturday

This Saturday, as part of the #ProtestPP movement, a coalition of pro-life groups will demonstrate outside more than 200 Planned Parenthood clinics in 44 states and Washington, D.C., hoping to influence the debate in Congress over defunding the abortion giant. “The federal government has been subsidizing Planned Parenthood to the tune of more than $430 million annually,” said Eric Scheidler, national organizer of the #ProtestPP campaign.

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Unlikely Team Speaks Up for Women

Family Policy Alliance, with whom The Family Action Council of Tennessee is allied, and radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF) have joined together in an amicus brief to oppose Obama’s Title IX transgender bathroom mandate that would open all women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and showers to men who self-identify as women. The unlikely pair agrees that the privacy and safety of women are paramount. Said the chair of WoLF’s board of directors, Kara Dansky, “If we define sex, under Title IX, to mean gender identity, what we’re essentially saying is that ‘women and girl’ can mean anyone who self-identifies as ‘women and girl,’ which makes the category ‘women and girls’ meaningless as a category.” Sign the petition to support the safety and privacy of women and girls.

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Super Bowl Ads Go Political

If you watched this year’s Super Bowl commercials, you probably noticed the political assault from some of America’s favorite brands. At a heavy price tag of $5 million, Google, Coca-Cola, 84 Lumber, Budweiser, and Airbnb chose to make a sharp political left turn with ad messages highlighting LGBT rights, bashing Trump’s immigration ideas, and spewing other liberal agendas. Taking this kind of risk with customers didn’t fare well, according to FOX News, which reported that many of these ads got a thumbs down on the YouTube versions. “If CEOs want to enter the culture wars, that’s their prerogative. But they shouldn’t be surprised when shoppers settle the score,” FRC President Tony Perkins commented.

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