In an expected but nonetheless exceedingly disappointing decision, the Washington state Supreme Court ruled today that the state may punish a Christian florist, Barronelle Stutzman, for declining to violate her religious beliefs and be forced into participating in a gay ‘marriage’ that is against her religion. This outrageous ruling confirms what we have been saying ever since the US Supreme Court illegitimately redefined marriage in its Obergefell decision — the religious rights of people of faith are being systematically sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and LGBT extremism.
This case is one of many that illustrates why President Trump must act immediately to protect the religious liberty rights of people of faith. Liberal judges simply will not act to protect people with mainstream, traditional views on marriage and sexuality when they conflict with the ever-expansive demands of LGBT extremists. It is up to President Trump and Congress to act.
NOM is working on an emergency communications plan to ramp up public attention on religious liberty and push for a presidential Executive Order and Congressional enactment of the First Amendment Defense Act that will protect people of faith from discrimination by the federal government. Will you help us fight back today against liberal judges and the left with an emergency financial contribution to support religious liberty?
Barronelle Stuzman is a 72-year-old grandmother and loving Christian. She is not anti-gay and, in fact, for years she happily provided flowers to the gay couple involved in this case. But when she was asked to participate in their “wedding,” she had to decline because doing so would violate her deeply-held religious beliefs about marriage. This decision resulted in a hateful reaction by the couple and the state of Washington, who used all their power to punish this Christian for standing true to her beliefs.
Nobody should be forced to participate in something that violates their deeply-held religious beliefs. That’s why the pending Executive Order on religious liberty and the proposed First Amendment Defense Act are so important. While these laws apply only to actions by the federal government, their enactment would a powerful momentum for similar measures at the state level as well.
Please make an emergency financial contribution today so that we can launch our communications campaign in support of religious liberty.