Washington State's highest court will hear an appeal from a florist who was fined for refusing to provide services for a same-sex wedding ceremony.
The Washington Supreme Court agreed Wednesday to hear arguments in the case of Robert Ingersoll et al. v. Arlene's Flowers, Inc.
"Department II of the Court, composed of Chief Justice Madsen and Justices Owens, Stephens, González and Yu, considered this matter at its March 1, 2016, Motion Calendar, and unanimously agreed that the following order be entered …That this Court will retain this case for hearing and decision," stated the order, signed by Chief Justice Barbara Madsen. more >>
A Southern Baptist grandmother and florist fined fore refusing an order for a gay wedding has been given new hope after the Washington Supreme Court agreed to hear her religious freedom case.
Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, was told she must pay a fine for turning down an order in 2013 to design custom floral arrangements for a same-sex marriage ceremony, despite her argument that her religious faith prevents her from doing so.
"Barronelle and many others like her around the country have been willing to serve any and all customers, but they are understandably not willing to promote any and all messages," said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner. more >>
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said at Thursday's GOP debate in Michigan that the legality of both same-sex marriage and gay adoption should be left up to the states.
Before a lively crowd at the Fox Theater in downtown Detroit, Cruz was asked by Fox News moderator Bret Baier his opinion on gay adoption.
The Republican presidential hopeful responded by noting his views on states' rights, as well as his opposition to last year's U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing gay marriage nationwide. more >>
A regional body of the United Methodist Church announced its plans to ignore the denominational rules barring non-celibate homosexuals from ordination.
The New York Annual Conference's Board of Ordained Ministry released a statement Tuesday noting that they will no longer consider the sexual orientation or gender identity of an ordination candidate.
A conservative pundit who supports same-sex marriage stated that liberals could never have a civil discussion on the debate over marriage definition.
At a panel on gay marriage and religious liberty held on the main stage of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, Guy Benson of Townhall.com said that "this conversation we are having right now, literally couldn't happen at a leftwing conference."
Even though HBO slammed Manny Pacquiao for what it says are "offensive and deplorable" comments about gay people, the cable network refuses to lose money by canceling the boxer's fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9.
"We have an obligation to both fighters and, therefore, will proceed to produce and distribute that event," HBO said in a statement this week, according to USA Today.
"However, we felt it important to leave no uncertainty about our position on Pacquiao's recent comments toward the LGBTQ community. We consider them insensitive, offensive and deplorable," it added. "HBO has been a proud home to many LGBTQ stories and couldn't approach this event without clearly voicing our opinion." more >>