Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Pat-a-Cake, Pat-a-Cake, Baker's Man....

Whipped this up for you in less than ten minutes:

"Court hears case of florist sued for refusing gay couple" by GENE JOHNSON Associated Press  November 16, 2016

BELLEVUE, Wash. — A florist who was sued for refusing to provide services for a same sex-wedding says she was exercising her First Amendment rights, but Washington state Supreme Court justices repeatedly questioned Tuesday whether ruling in her favor would mean other businesses could turn away customers based on racial or other grounds.

There are private clubs for elite people so what's the big deal (key word being private, not public)?

The court heard arguments in the closely watched case against Barronelle Stutzman, a 71-year-old florist in Richland, Wash., who was fined by a lower court for denying service to a gay couple in 2013.

Stutzman had previously sold the couple flowers and knew they were gay, but told them she couldn’t provide flowers for their wedding because same-sex marriage was incompatible with her Christian beliefs.

It’s one of several lawsuits around the country — including some involving bakers and wedding photographers — about whether businesses can refuse to provide services involving causes they disagree with, or whether they must serve everyone equally.

Do you want the business or don't you?

Stutzman’s attorney, Kristin Waggoner, immediately ran into questions on Tuesday.

Justice Susan Owens brought up the state’s first and only black justice, the recently deceased Charles Z. Smith, who had to stay in separate hotels from other attorneys when he traveled the country while working for the Justice Department in the 1960s.

‘‘How is this different?’’ Owens asked. ‘‘Because I’m sure some of the owners of those hotels would profess they had strongly held religious beliefs that prohibited racial integration.’’

It's different because you can't put skin color in the closet, that's why. Gays never faced the level of discrimination blacks did and I reject the comparison.


They can't go to another bakery?

RelatedWashington court rules against florist in gay wedding case

Took 'em three months.