BLOG68 People and Organizations Standing with Barronelle

By Sarah Kramer Posted on: | November 14, 2016

Update: After the oral arguments in Barronelle's case before the Washington State Supreme Court, Barronelle and ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner joined Communications Director Kerri Kupec to give an update and analysis in this video.


Anyone who stands for their faith should never have to stand alone. As you probably know by now, Barronelle Stutzman, the florist in Washington state who was sued for declining to create custom floral arrangements for a same-sex wedding, has taken a stand. And tomorrow, her stand will go one step further as she goes before the Washington State Supreme Court for oral arguments in her case.

But thankfully, Barronelle will not be standing alone.

Altogether, 68 individuals and organizations nationwide have come forward to support Barronelle’s right to live and work according to her beliefs in public statements and amicus briefs to the Court. Here is a breakdown of this group.


4 Washington State Officials and 1 State Policy Organization

In recorded video messages, 4 Washington State Officials as well as the president of the Family Policy Institute of Washington stated their support for Barronelle and why the case is important for their state and our country.




13 State Officials

Government officials from outside of Washington state also voiced their support, as officials from 13 different states – 11 state attorneys general and 2 governors – urged the Court to rule in Barronelle’s favor in an amicus brief:

“Our history encourages a public square with many voices, all trying to persuade others of their views. But Respondents want all the voices either to agree on one view or to be silent. Because that runs contrary to America’s history of free speech and religious exemptions—which are embedded in Washington’s Constitution—Amici respectfully urge this Court to rule in Appellants’ [Barronelle’s] favor.”


19 Organizations Nationwide

The support hasn’t been limited to individuals, as 19 different organizations have come together to stand with Barronelle. There is a similar sentiment echoed throughout these statements – a sentiment with which we should all agree. As The Becket Fund writes:

“In our pluralistic society, the law should not be used to coerce ideological conformity and expression simply to shield citizens from encountering people who disagree with them. Rather, on deeply contested moral issues, the law should ‘create a society in which both sides can live their own values.’”


31 Legal Scholars & Practitioners

Legal scholars and practitioners from across the country have also spoken up in support of Barronelle, including 28 legal scholars (amicus briefs here, here, and here): “If citizens are nonetheless to live together in peace and mutual respect, it is imperative that they be able to distinguish between conduct of which they disapprove and the persons who engage in such conduct.”

In addition to that, a group of 3 Law and Religion Practitioners submitted an amicus brief on Barronelle’s behalf: “While we remain sympathetic to the marginalization of the LGBTQ+ community and acknowledge the compelling interest in eliminating invidious discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, the solution must not come at the expense of First Amendment guarantees, and forcing people to participate in all aspects of other people’s lives.”


  1. Bob Hoffman, Pasco City Councilman (video)
  2. John Trumbo, Kennewick City Councilman (video)
  3. Judy Warnick, Washington State Senator (video)
  4. Mike Padden, Washington State Senator (video)
  5. Joseph Backholm, president of the Family Policy Institute of Washington (video)
  6. Adam J. MacLeod, Associate Professor, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University (amicus brief)
  7. Ryan T. Anderson, William E. Simon senior research fellow in American principles and public policy at The Heritage Foundation (amicus brief)
  8. Larry Alexander, Warren Distinguished Professor, University of San Diego School of Law
  9. Helen M. Alvare, Professor of Law, Scalia Law School at George Mason University
  10. Michael S. Ariens, Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University School of Law
  11. Elizabeth Clark, Associate Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
  12. Robert F. Cochran, Jr., Louis D. Brandeis Professor of Law and Director, Herbert and Elinor Nootbaar Institute on Law, Religion, and Ethics, Pepperdine University School of Law
  13. Teresa S. Collett, Professor of Law, University of St. Thomas School of Law
  14. Marc O. DeGirolami, Professor of Law, Associate Academic Dean, Associate Director, Center for Law and Religion, St. John’s University School of Law
  15. George W. Dent, Jr., Professor of Law, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  16. W. Cole Durham, Jr., Founding Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, J. Reuben Clark Law School
  17. Carl H. Esbeck, R.B. Price Professor of Law emeritus, University of Missouri
  18. Richard Epstein, Peter and Kirsten Bedford Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution; Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Law, New York University Law School
  19. Bruce P. Frohnen, Ella and Ernest Fisher Professor of Law, Ohio Northern University College of Law 2a
  20. Richard W. Garnett, Paul J. Schierl / Fort Howard, Corporation Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Law School Robert P.
  21. George McCormick, Professor of Jurisprudence, Princeton University Christopher R. Green Associate Professor of Law and H.L.A. Hart Scholar in Law and Philosophy, University of Mississippi School of Law
  22. Gail Heriot, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
  23. Kurt T. Lash, Guy Raymond Jones Chair in Law, University of Illinois College of Law
  24. Michael W. McConnell, Richard & Frances Mallery Professor, Stanford Law School; Director, Stanford Constitutional Law Center; Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
  25. Michael P. Moreland, Professor of Law, Villanova University
  26. Mark L. Movsesian, St. John’s University School of Law
  27. Michael J. Perry, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University School of Law
  28. Ronald D. Rotunda, The Doy & Dee Henley Chair and Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence, Chapman University, Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  29. Brett G. Scharffs, Francis R. Kirkham Professor of Law, J. Reuben Clark Law School Director, International Center for Law and Religion Studies, Brigham Young University
  30. Maimon Schwarzschild, Professor of Law, University of San Diego
  31. Rodney K. Smith, Distinguished Professor of Practice, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
  32. Steven D. Smith, Warren Distinguished Professor of Law, University of San Diego
  33. Kevin C. Walsh, Professor of Law, University of Richmond
  34. James Abernathy, an attorney in Washington state
  35. Mark Goldfeder, a Senior Lecturer at Emory Law School
  36. Anton Sorkin, a doctoral student at Emory University's Center for the Study of Law and Religion
  37. Leslie Rutledge, Attorney General of Arkansas
  38. Luther Strange, Attorney General of Alabama
  39. Mark Brnovich, Attorney General of Arizona
  40. Adam Paul Laxalt, Attorney General of Nevada
  41. E. Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma
  42. Alan Wilson, Attorney General of South Carolina
  43. Ken Paxton, Attorney General of Texas
  44. Sean D. Reyes, Attorney General of Utah
  45. Patrick Morrisey, Attorney General of West Virginia
  46. Jeff Landry, Attorney General of Louisiana
  47. Doug Peterson, Attorney General of Nebraska
  48. Sam Brownback, Governor of Kansas
  49. Matthew G. Bevin, Governor of Kentucky
  50. The Frederick Douglass Foundation (amicus brief)
  51. National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
  52. National Black Church Initiative
  53. Coalition of African American Pastors USA
  54. National Black Religious Broadcasters
  55. Alveda King Ministries
  56. Radiance Foundation
  57. Mount Calvary Christian Center
  58. Church of God in Christ
  59. Hosanna Asamblea De Dios
  60. New Hope International Church
  61. Christian Legal Society (amicus brief)
  62. National Evangelical Association (amicus brief)
  63. Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention (amicus brief)
  64. Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
  65. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty (amicus brief)
  66. Cato Institute (amicus brief)
  67. International Christian Photographers (amicus brief)
  68. Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence (amicus brief)

All Americans Should Be Free to Live and Work According to Their Conscience

Barronelle is fighting for the right to freely live out her faith. If the government can force her to violate her beliefs, then what’s to say it can’t force you to do the same. That’s why we need to stand with Barronelle.

Show your support by sharing this image on social media with the hashtag #JusticeForBarronelle. And if you feel led to stand with Barronelle financially, you can make your gift here.

Sarah Kramer

Digital Content Specialist

Sarah worked as an investigative reporter before joining the Alliance Defending Freedom team.

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