Arlene’s Flowers Will Be ‘Combined’ With Similar Case Before U.S. Supreme Court
Another legal firm has come to the aid of Arlene's Flowers, as owner Barronelle Stutzman awaits her turn before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Her case will likely be 'combined' with a very similar one from Colorado, where a baker named Jack Phillips, owner of Masterpiece Bakeshop in Lakewood, refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding in 2012. He, like Stutzman, was sued by the ACLU and accused of breaking the state's anti discrimination laws. The Supreme Court has agreed to hear both cases.
Now a prestigious national law firm based out of Chicago, the Thomas More Society, has filed a 'friend of the court' briefing in the Supreme Court case. The Society announced Thursday they will argue that the First Amendment provides "expansive protection to all forms of expression, including including non-vebal art forms, including painting, music and dance."
The Thomas More Society, according to their website, has this mission statement:
"The Thomas More Society is a national not-for-profit law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty. Headquartered in Chicago and Omaha, the Thomas More Society fosters support for these causes by providing high quality pro bono legal services from local trial courts all the way up to the United States Supreme Court."