Supreme Court UpdateBarronelle awaits outcome of cake artist’s Supreme Court case

Both artists punished for their faith

Barronelle Stutzman is keeping a close eye on the case involving Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips, which the U.S. Supreme Court heard on December 5th.

Barronelle is a floral artist … and a grandmother. You’d never expect to see someone like her at the center of a firestorm. But she is being sued both professionally and personally by the Washington State Attorney General and the ACLU.

If she loses, the ACLU could take everything she owns — her business, her home, and her life’s savings. Everything.
You have to make a stand somewhere in your life on what you believe and what you don’t believe. It was just a time I had to take a stand.” —Barronelle Stutzman

Why has Barronelle been targeted?

Jack Phillips, the Colorado cake artist at the center of the Supreme Court case, was targeted when he politely declined to design a custom cake for a same-sex wedding ceremony.

For Barronelle, it all began when a longtime friend, Rob Ingersoll, asked her to create custom floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding.

Barronelle had lovingly served Rob for nearly a decade. But she affirms the biblical teaching, as people across the globe and throughout history have, that marriage is the sacred union of a man and a woman. She could not help celebrate her friend’s wedding because it would violate her convictions. She referred him to other excellent florists in the area who she knew would do a good job for him.

“As deeply fond as I am of Rob, my relationship with Jesus is everything to me. Without Christ I can do nothing.”
-Barronelle Stutzman

The threat to Barronelle’s religious freedom is a threat to your religious freedom

After Rob’s partner posted on Facebook about Barronelle’s decision, she began receiving hate mail, angry phone calls, and even death threats. The Washington State Attorney General learned about the social media post and decided to sue Barronelle and use his office’s massive resources to make an example of her. In 2015, a state trial court ruled against her.

ADF appealed to the Washington State Supreme Court. That court also ruled against her in February 2017, punishing her for peacefully operating her business consistent with her faith.

But, with your help, Alliance Defending Freedom is determined to keep fighting for Barronelle.

At Barronelle’s request, we assured her we would fight on her behalf all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary. And so, earlier this year, we asked the Supreme Court to consider Barronelle’s case.
Washington floral artist Barronelle Stutzman, at the microphone, and Colorado cake artist Jack Phillips are both standing by their deeply held religious convictions, and placing the future of their businesses in God’s hands...

You can make a difference to help Barronelle and Jack seek justice

As Barronelle waits to see if the Supreme Court will take her case, she keeps a watchful eye on developments in Jack’s case.

The Court heard arguments in Jack’s case on December 5. The decision could be a landmark ruling for religious freedom.

Will you support justice for Barronelle, Jack, and Christians across the country who are being punished for their faith? The cost of preparing for and litigating cases like this can be great. That’s particularly true here, because both the state and the ACLU have filed lawsuits. 

Your gift today is critical to helping us defend Barronelle, Jack, and people like you. In fact, the income we receive determines the resources that we have to fight these pivotal, culture-shaping battles. We are trusting God for $2 million in gifts in the next 90 days. We want to be able to provide the strongest possible legal defense for Barronelle, Jack, and others who are – and will continue to be – threatened for their faith.

When Christians stand together, pray together, and unite in action, we can defeat those who would deny our religious freedom. So it is vitally important to persevere.

Please give online now. There’s more than just Barronelle’s religious freedom at stake here. As her ADF attorney, Kristen Waggoner, said, if the lower court’s view is correct, then “forcing anyone to violate their conscience is fair game for the government.”

Rise to the opporunity through a $2 million challenge grant!

A generous group of Ministry Friends has given a challenge grant to help provide a strong legal defense for Barronelle, Jack, and other Christians like them.

By responding to this $2 million challenge grant, you'll join others in making an even greater impact for freedom.

Alliance Defending Freedom has established a strong record of success in defending your religious freedom. But your help is critically needed now. Because, for Barronelle, Jack, and many others, the fight continues.

God has shown us time and time again that when we stand together to protect religious freedom, we can be victorious. But protecting religious freedom isn’t “someone else’s fight.” It’s your fight. It’s our fight.

Please give generously today to defend Barronelle and Jack, and to protect your religious freedom too.

About Alliance Defending Freedom

Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, nonprofit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.

ADF was launched in 1994 by 35 ministry leaders, including Dr. James Dobson, and our late friends, Dr. D. James Kennedy, Dr. Bill Bright, and Larry Burkett.

By God’s grace, ADF has grown from the prayers of those godly leaders to become a major force in the legal battle for religious freedom, winning nearly 80% of all our cases, and playing important roles in 52 victories at the Supreme Court of the United States.