The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday granted Stutzman's petition for review, vacated the Washington court's decision, and remanded her case back to the state court, instructing the court to determine if the state's actions showed the same type of hostility to religion that was found in Masterpiece.
The Arlene's Flowers case may eventually work its way back up to the Supreme Court, where SCOTUS may choose to tackle the issue of whether the providing of wedding goods and services count as expressive speech that can not be mandated without violating the First Amendment.
The justices also declined to fully address the matter when they ruled in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who also declined to provide a same-sex wedding cake to a gay couple on the basis of his Christian convictions.
Stutzman, a Washington state florist, was offered multiple opportunities to settle her case by state and local prosecutors but repeatedly refused.
A ruling was also made by Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander C Ekstrom in February 2015, who said the florist, Arlene's Flowers, violated consumer protections in saying she would not sell flowers to the longtime customer for their wedding due to her religious beliefs. In delivering the court's opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said states are well within their power to enact anti-discrimination measures in public accommodations laws, but laws must be fairly enforced. Stutzman's lawyers from the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) claim that those fees could be $1 million.
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"The Washington State Supreme Court now has the job of determining whether the U.S. Supreme Court ruling affects this case", Ferguson said.
The United States Supreme Court will not hear Brendan Dassey's appeal.
The lower court's finding of intentional discrimination was key to challengers' efforts to persuade the courts to again require the state to get the federal government's permission to change its election laws - a safeguard for voters of color that Texas was required to comply with until 2013, when the Supreme Court wiped the list clean.
The 7th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago had previously ruled that Dassey had spoken freely and with his mother's consent after hearing his Miranda rights, CNN reported. Stutzman said she held his hand and said she had to decline his request because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ".
The U.S. Supreme Court won't immediately take up arguments about whether North Carolina Republican lawmakers went too far in 2016 when they redrew the state's 13 congressional election districts to intentionally give their party a 10 to 3 advantage. She could not help celebrate her friend's wedding because it would violate her convictions. Texas took the case to the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court said the district court should use the legislature's map as a starting point for redistricting.