After Rob’s partner told Facebook friends about Barronelle’s decision, she began receiving hate mail, angry phone calls, and even death threats. The Washington attorney general learned about the social media post and decided to sue Barronelle and use his massive resources to make an example of her.
Because of God’s provision and your faithful support, we were able to represent Barronelle all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
In June 2018, the High Court decided what to do with her case the first time around. In light of the win for cake artist Jack Phillips, the court decided to send Barronelle’s case back to the Washington Supreme Court. The justices agreed that her case, and the judgment against her, should be reconsidered based on the ruling in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.
And then on June 6, 2019, the Washington State Supreme Court issued its new ruling, denying Barronelle’s freedom once again. It ruled that the government can force Barronelle to create custom art and participate in events that conflict with her faith.
Our nation has a long history of protecting the right of peaceful citizens to hold different views about important issues like the meaning of marriage. Yet the government is threatening Barronelle just because she has a different view on marriage than the state does.
But this case is not over. We are standing with Barronelle and have petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court once again. We must stand together as opponents of religious freedom continue to try to punish people of faith for their beliefs. And your support today could help turn the tide for Barronelle.