Supreme Court ducks dispute over florist who refused gay wedding request

Yolanda Curtis
June 28, 2018

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court once again passed on the opportunity to make sweeping decisions on redistricting and voting rights cases.

The Supreme Court recently considered the question of partisan gerrymandering in cases from Wisconsin and Maryland.

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 to uphold a lower court's decision in American Express' favor. And he says the language of the decision would seem to make it far more hard to punish a recalcitrant state by putting it back under federal supervision for the next decade - a Voting Rights Act provision the Supreme Court left intact five years ago.

Waggoner says the attorney general also bypassed a procedure that the AG's office has always followed in public accommodation cases to instead punitively and relentlessly pursue her.

Alito said on further review that the Supreme Court found that one election district in that map was racially gerrymandered. If that sounds a lot like the Masterpiece Cakeshop case out of Colorado, you're not wrong.

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The US Supreme Court has asked the Washington Supreme Court to reconsider the lawsuit in light of the recent decision given to cake-maker Jack Phillips who won a case in which he was told he was within his rights to refuse to make a cake for a gay wedding.

"Today's decision is a loss for American consumers", RILA general counsel Deborah White said.

There was no comment from the court in rejecting an appeal from Brendan Dassey, who was 16 years old when he confessed to Wisconsin authorities that he had joined his uncle in raping and murdering photographer Teresa Halbach before burning her body in a bonfire. Laws requiring businesses to be open to all do not conflict with the Constitution.

Making the same argument that they did in the baker case, Stutzman's lawyers said creating flower arrangements is a form of creative expression protected by the First Amendment and that she should not be forced to deliver a message through her work that she disagrees with. There is no genuine need for reconsideration of the Washington Supreme Court's well-reasoned, unanimous application of key constitutional principles.

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

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In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court said that Texas' legislative and congressional maps are not a racial gerrymander and that all districts are OK, except for one, which it determined is a racial gerrymander - House District 90. The activists said they were discriminated against due to their religious views.

Arlene's Flowers is one of several current cases in which opponents of LGBT equality have challenged anti-discrimination statutes through demands for religious and free speech exemptions from civil rights laws. "And the court clearly was pretty hostile to drawing continuing implications about the motives of a state government entity based on what it had done a short time earlier".

The Supreme Court put on hold the lower court's order that a new map be drawn, leaving the Republican-drawn districts in place for congressional elections in November. "That's unprecedented in Washington state in such a case".

The same court found similar faults with maps for the Texas state House of Representatives. The cases were consolidated into Arlene's Flowers v. Washington.

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".

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