As a result, many people had their eyes on another, very similar case, Arlene's Flowers v. Washington, which had been petitioned to the Supreme Court for consideration (the Reason Foundation submitted an amicus brief supporting the florist and encouraging the Supreme Court to take the case up).
A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday kept in place most of a controversial Texas redistricting plan enacted by the GOP-led legislature, despite lawsuits from civil rights groups claiming it was discriminatory.
Technically, the Washington Supreme Court could rule in Stutzman's favor upon reconsideration, but the Supreme Court directed reconsideration in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, which was a narrow ruling for Phillips on the grounds the Colorado Civil Rights Commission didn't respect his religious views when considering his case.
Washington is one of 20 states that provide clear protections against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the American Civil Liberties Union sued Stutzman after she declined the request of a couple she had served for almost 10 years.
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Ms. Stutzman was sued by Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll in 2013.
The lower court found that the configuration of two U.S. House of Representatives districts violated the Voting Rights Act, a 1965 federal law that protects minority voters and was enacted to address a history of racial discrimination in voting, especially in Southern states.
In a 5-4 ruling, the court's conservative majority ruled that the challengers had not done enough to show that the Republican-led Texas legislature acted with discriminatory intent when it adopted new electoral maps in 2013 for state legislative and US congressional seats. "I am confident they will come to the same conclusion they did in their previous, unanimous ruling upholding the civil rights of a same-sex couple in our state".
After the Supreme Court's ruling, there's nothing to stop Republican legislators from drawing unfair boundaries after the 2020 census, Rodriguez said. She then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to hear her case.
Stutzman had counted Robert Ingersoll as a customer for almost a decade when he came in one day in 2013 and said he wanted to talk about flowers for his wedding to his longtime companion, Curt Freed. "Our work to ensure LGBT equality is the law and the norm in all 50 states will continue".