The Washington State Supreme Court issued a ruling today that puts at risk the home and personal assets of Barronelle Stutzman, a florist shop owner who told two men that she'd be happy to sell them flowers but couldn't – in good conscience – arrange them for a wedding ceremony that violated her faith.
The Washington State Supreme Court's
ruling tramples on our nation's long held tradition of respecting the
freedom of Americans to follow their deeply held beliefs, especially
when it comes to participating in activities and ceremonies that so many
Americans consider sacred.
The court also ignored an opportunity
to reaffirm the basic principle that the government may not trample on
the constitutional rights of free speech and the free exercise of
religion. These rights do not stop at the door of your local church, and
instead extend to every area of a religious person's life.
government has no authority to force Americans like Barronelle Stutzman
to engage in speech and events with which they morally disagree.