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New hope for Christian florist following gay cake ruling

28 June 2018, 12:52 | Mandy Simon

Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc Wis

Brendan Dassey is escorted out of a Manitowoc County Circuit courtroom in Manitowoc Wis

The country's top judges ruled 7-2 in his favour.

"Barronelle, like Jack, serves all customers but declines to create custom art that expresses messages or celebrates events in conflict with her deeply held religious beliefs".

In North Carolina, the GOP-controlled state Legislature drew electoral maps in an attempt to protect Republican power in a battleground state that has a Democrat governor and attorney general.

Its decision to send the North Carolina case back to the lower court indicates the justices are no closer to delivering a comprehensive ruling on whether courts can curb partisan gerrymandering when it is done in such an extreme way that it deprives certain voters of their constitutional rights.

Early this month, the Supreme Court issued a limited ruling in favour of Jack Phillips, the proprietor of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado.

The Supreme Court referred the case back to the lower court. "To be clear, the court made no indication the lower courts ruled incorrectly and made no decision on the case's merits". In an unprecedented show of religious hostility, the state's chief law enforcer, Bob Ferguson personally disparaged her by comparing her biblical beliefs on marriage to racial discrimination.


The Supreme Court passed up new opportunities Monday to take on two hot topics - partisan gerrymandering and balancing LGBT and religious rights - and also left rulings about the Trump travel ban and other big cases for coming days as it began the final week of its term.

Waggoner said Stutzman had sold the customer, Rob Ingersoll, flowers for almost a decade and knew he was gay, but that his marriage did not comport with her beliefs and she could not provide services for it.

"We are confident that the [Washington] court will again see that no business should have a right to discriminate".

Republicans in 2016 won 10 of the 13 House districts - 77 percent of them - despite getting just 53 percent of the statewide vote, almost same result as in 2014, by virtue of the strategic drawing of electoral boundaries. She was hit with a $1,000 fine and directed to make floral arrangements for same-sex weddings if she does so for opposite-sex weddings.

Washington's high court ruled in February 2017 that Stutzman could not claim religious beliefs as her defense under the state's anti-discriminatory laws.

In a fiery dissent, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the ruling "means that, after years of litigation and undeniable proof of intentional discrimination, minority voters in Texas - despite constituting a majority of the population within the state - will continue to be under-represented in the political process". 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. Alito said the lower court used the wrong standard in evaluating the districts - that it should have presumed the state acted in good faith, rather than assuming that the new district lines were an extension of previous racial gerrymandering.



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