"I serve all customers. I just can't celebrate all events," is the message a Washington state florist is making, again, to that state's highest court.
That free speech argument is included in a legal brief filed this week by Alliance Defending Freedom on behalf of Barronelle Stuzman, whose fight against her state dates back to 2013, when she refused to create a floral arrangement for the same-sex wedding of a longtime customer.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips (pictured below) last June, it sent Stutzman's case back to the Washington Supreme Court after vacating that court's ruling.
The state court unanimously ruled against Stutzman in 2017.
Phillips, Stutzman, and other business owners have found themselves entangled in legal fights over LGBT-friendly non-discrimination ordinances, and a lopsided number of courts have ruled in favor of homosexual and lesbian plaintiffs who have sued.
Phillips' case against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was expected to be a landmark decision by the nation's highest court but instead came a narrow ruling that found the civil rights commission had unfairly treated the business owner due to his faith.
Left undecided, however, is Phillips' claim of a First Amendment right to decide not who he sells a product to but if he can be forced by the state to create a product that he morally opposes.
He has refused to create bawdy cake designs for bachelor parties or evil images on Halloween cakes, he has said.
Stutzman tells OneNewsNow she is grateful the court has allowed her case to continue.
"This isn't just about my freedom. It's about everyone's freedom," she claims. "If the government can tell you what event you must celebrate, or take away all you own if you decline to violate your faith, then we don't live in a free America."
Ferguson has told the media his office expected the high court's procedural step and predicted the Washington Supreme Court will rule again in favor of "upholding the civil rights of same-sex couples in our state."