CASEState of Washington v. Arlene's Flowers | Ingersoll v. Arlene's Flowers

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Barronelle Stutzman

Barronelle Stutzman, the sole owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, has served and employed people who identify as homosexual for her entire career. Despite this, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Washington Attorney General claim that she is guilty of unlawful discrimination when she acted consistent with her faith and declined to use her creative skills to beautify the same-sex ceremony of a long-time customer, Robert Ingersoll, and another man, Curt Freed.


 

“You have to make a stand somewhere in your life on what you believe and what you don't believe,” Barronelle told CBN in an interview"It was just a time I had to take a stand."

After hearing about Barronelle’s decision in the news, the Washington State attorney general decided to take matters into his own hands, and sued her. The ACLU followed close behind. Both lawsuits attack not only her business, but Barronelle personally.

Alliance Defending Freedom asked the court to dismiss the attorney general’s lawsuit since he was not personally involved in the incident, and filed a
countersuit against him. They also asked the court to protect Barronelle from personal attacks from the ACLU and the state, and restrict the lawsuits to her business, Arlene’s Flowers.

The court ruled against Barronelle and ordered her to pay penalties and attorneys’ fees.

ADF petitioned the Washington Supreme Court to take up Barronelle’s case, and, in March 2016, the court agreed. 

Oral arguments are set for November 15, 2016 at Bellevue College.

Keep up to date on this case, and learn more about the effect of redefining marriage.


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Barronelle Stutzman, the sole owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., has for her entire career served and employed people who identify as homosexual. Despite this, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Washington attorney general allege that she is guilty of unlawful discrimination because she acted consistent with her faith and declined to use her creative skills to beautify the same-sex ceremony of a long-time customer, Robert Ingersoll, and another man, Curt Freed.
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Washington Supreme Court will hear case over floral artist’s freedom

Religious Freedom

Washington Supreme Court will hear case over floral artist’s freedom

Barronelle Stutzman, the sole owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., has for her entire career served and employed people who identify as homosexual. Despite this, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Washington attorney general allege that she is guilty of unlawful discrimination because she acted consistent with her faith and declined to use her creative skills to beautify the same-sex ceremony of a long-time customer, Robert Ingersoll, and another man, Curt Freed.

Mar 03, 2016 Read More

Washington floral artist’s freedom firmly rooted in federal, state constitutional law

Religious Freedom

Washington floral artist’s freedom firmly rooted in federal, state constitutional law

ADF attorneys file reply brief with Washington Supreme Court on behalf of Barronelle Stutzman, targeted for her beliefs.

Feb 08, 2016 Read More

ADF to Wash. council: Religious freedom resolution protects business owners

Religious Freedom

ADF to Wash. council: Religious freedom resolution protects business owners

Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronelle Stutzman and Alliance Defending Freedom Legal Counsel Kellie Fiedorek will be available for media interviews immediately following the Kennewick City Council hearing regarding the Freedom of Conscience Resolution.

Aug 14, 2015 Read More

Wash. grandmother’s home, livelihood, freedom at stake

Religious Freedom

Wash. grandmother’s home, livelihood, freedom at stake

ADF asks Wash. high court to reverse lower court ruling against Barronelle Stutzman

Jun 01, 2015 Read More

ADF asks Washington Supreme Court to review floral artist’s case

Wash. floral artist’s home, savings still at risk after court judgment

Floral artist responds to Wash. attorney general's settlement offer

Marriage & Family

Floral artist responds to Wash. attorney general's settlement offer

AG asked Barronelle Stutzman to pay $2,001, surrender her freedom

Feb 20, 2015 Read More

Wash. floral artist’s home, savings at risk of state seizure after court ruling

Marriage & Family

Wash. floral artist’s home, savings at risk of state seizure after court ruling

ADF attorneys will appeal dangerous rulings

Feb 18, 2015 Read More

Wash. grandmother’s religious freedom, livelihood at stake

Marriage & Family

Wash. grandmother’s religious freedom, livelihood at stake

ADF attorneys available for media interviews following hearing Friday

Dec 18, 2014 Read More

State AG targets Wash. grandmother’s religious freedom and personal assets

Marriage & Family

State AG targets Wash. grandmother’s religious freedom and personal assets

ADF attorney available for media interviews following hearing Friday

Dec 04, 2014 Read More

Florist to court: Dismiss Wash. AG's attack on religious freedom

Marriage & Family

Florist to court: Dismiss Wash. AG's attack on religious freedom

New motions ask court to dismiss AG case against Arlene’s Flowers, stop state and ACLU from going after florist personally

Oct 28, 2013 Read More

Wash. florist will not wilt, sues AG to reclaim religious freedom

Marriage & Family

Wash. florist will not wilt, sues AG to reclaim religious freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent Arlene’s Flowers

May 16, 2013 Read More

Wash. florist answers ACLU lawsuit

Marriage & Family

Wash. florist answers ACLU lawsuit

ADF official comment

May 21, 2013 Read More
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https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/state-of-washington-v.-arlene-s-flowers-inc.-and-barronelle-stutzman/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers-and-ingersoll-v-arlene-s-flowers_washington-supreme-court-order-granting-review.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/state-of-washington-v.-arlene-s-flowers-inc.-and-barronelle-stutzman/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers-and-ingersoll-v-arlene-s-flowers_reply-brief-of-appellants-filed-with-washington-supreme-court.pdf?sfvrsn=6https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/docs/default-source/documents/case-documents/state-of-washington-v.-arlene-s-flowers-inc.-and-barronelle-stutzman/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---opening-brief-filed-with-washington-supreme-court.pdf?sfvrsn=4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-39-s-flowers-inc-and-barronelle-stuzman---statement-of-grounds-for-direct-review-by-washington-supreme-court.pdf?sfvrsn=4https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---notices-of-appeal.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---trial-court-summary-judgment-ruling.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---stay-order.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---motion-to-stay.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---trial-court-ruling-on-personal-capacity.pdf?sfvrsn=14https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---defendants-first-motion-for-summary-judgment-against-state-of-washington.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers-defendants-motion-for-partial-summary-judgment-on-claims-against-barronelle-stutzman-in-her-personal-capacity.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---complaint---arlene-39-s-flowers.pdf?sfvrsn=14https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---answer-to-aclu-complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---answer-to-wash-ag-and-countersuit-against-ag.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---aclu-complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=12https://adflegal.blob.core.windows.net/web-content-dev/documents/state-of-washington-v-arlene-s-flowers---ag-complaint.pdf?sfvrsn=14
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State Supreme Court
Washington Supreme Court order granting review Mar 01 2016
State Supreme Court
Reply brief of appellants filed with Washington Supreme Court Feb 05 2016
State Supreme Court
Opening brief filed with Washington Supreme Court Oct 16 2015
State Supreme Court
Statement of grounds for direct review by Washington Supreme Court Jun 01 2015
Trial Court
Notices of appeal Apr 27 2015
Trial Court
Trial court summary judgment ruling Feb 18 2015
Trial Court
Stay order Jan 21 2015
Trial Court
Motion to stay Jan 08 2015
Trial Court
Trial court ruling on personal capacity Jan 07 2015
Trial Court
Defendants’ first motion for summary judgment against State of Washington Oct 25 2013
Trial Court
Defendants’ motion for partial summary judgment on claims against Barronelle Stutzman in her personal capacity Oct 25 2013
Trial Court
Complaint - Arlene's Flowers Aug 01 2013
Trial Court
Answer to ACLU complaint May 17 2013
Trial Court
Answer to Wash. AG and countersuit against AG May 14 2013
Trial Court
ACLU complaint Apr 18 2013
Trial Court
AG complaint Apr 09 2013

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