Should The Government Force People To Create Art That Violates Their Beliefs?
Published on May 24, 2018
When Washington State florist Barronelle Stutzman was asked by a longtime customer and friend to create floral arrangements celebrating his same-sex wedding, she politely declined because of her religious beliefs.
The State and customer sued Barronelle, and the Washington Supreme Court ruled that the government can force her—and, by extension, countless others—to create artistic expression and participate in events that violate their deepest convictions.
In July 2017, ADF petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to take up Barronelle’s case. That petition is still pending.