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Supreme Court sends back case of a Christian florist who refused to work a same-sex wedding

Supreme Court sends back case of a Christian florist who refused to work a same-sex wedding

Texas appealed, and the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, which resulted in the ruling on Monday.

In Arlene's Flowers v. Washington, Stutzman had asked the Supreme Court to consider whether requiring her to provide the flowers would violate her First Amendment rights to free speech and religion.

The court today vacated the earlier decision in the Washington case and remanded it back to the Washington State Supreme Court "for further consideration in light of" the Colorado cake shop case.

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Associated Press writer Mark Sherman contributed from Washington.

Wisconsin attorney general Brad Schimel said he was "pleased" at the supreme court's decision not to appeal the conviction. That ruling states that Dassey's confession was voluntary.

Challengers hope to get the case back before the Supreme Court in time to affect the districts used in the 2020 election, said Allison Riggs, senior voting rights attorney for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), meanwhile, downplayed the effect of the order. "T$3 here is no indication that there were flaws in the application of civil rights law in [Stutzman's case]". Stutzman's lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) claim that those fees could be $1 million.

In the Texas case, a sharply divided court overturned a lower court ruling that found intentional vote dilution in the 27th District and racial gerrymandering in the 35th District.

Fort Worth's state House District 90 is racially gerrymandered and "impermissible", the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday morning. This has been especially true in the wedding business, where florists, cake designers, photographers and others have been sued for declining to use their talents for same-sex weddings.

Washington courts will now review the florist's case for similar issues, but it's unclear whether their analysis will change. "I've also employed and served many members of the LGBT community, and I will continue to do so regardless of what happens with this case".

In Arlene's Flowers, an Evangelical Christian grandmother named Baronelle Stutzman likewise declined to participate in a same-sex wedding by doing the floral arrangements for the ceremony. Stutzman argued that arranging the flowers, or even having someone else on her staff arrange the flowers, would amount to an endorsement of a marriage that she felt would violate her religious convictions. The nature of the suit could cost her not only her business but her home as well.

Last year, the court invalidated some of those districts. The justices' decision leaves in place a lower court ruling against Brendan Dassey.

In the ruling, conservative Justice Samuel Alito said the lower court had "committed a fundamental legal error" in the way it had analyzed the dispute.

He says there is now a "clear precedent" that says government can not be hostile toward people who believe marriage is between a man and a woman and they have a right to practice those beliefs, just like people who support same-sex marriage have a right to their beliefs.

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