Previous Arrangements - Vol. VII, Iss. 1
Updates: Volume VIII, Issue 2
On April 28, Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys appealed to the Washington Supreme Court to hear the case of floral artist Barronelle Stutzman of Richland, who was sued by the state’s attorney general and a same-sex couple for politely declining to create floral arrangements for a same-sex ceremony, based on her Christian beliefs.
In February, a judge ruled that Stutzman could be held personally liable for damages and attorneys’ fees and that—despite her faith convictions —she must provide full wedding support for same-sex ceremonies. When the attorney general offered to drop his lawsuit if she would pay $2,001 and give up her religious freedom, Stutzman replied that her stand was “about freedom, not money. I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important.”
Judiciary Blocks Obamacare Mandate - Vol. V, Iss. 3
On March 16, a federal district court issued a permanent injunction in favor of the Newland family, owners of Hercules Industries—a final legal victory for the first family business in the nation to challenge the Obama administration’s abortion pill mandate.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represented the Newlands in their opposition to the mandate, which compels employers, regardless of their religious convictions, to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, and contraception under threat of heavy financial penalties through the Internal Revenue Service.
The federal court’s opinion rejected the Obama administration’s argument that the administration must sign off on the injunction before the court can issue it, saying, “This proposed arrogation of authority offends the very structure of our government, and ignores the exclusive jurisdictional authority of the United States District Court to provide such relief.”