Supreme Court reverses decision on Texas districts

Supreme Court reverses decision on Texas districts

In that similar case, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed Colorado's decision to punish cake artist Jack Phillips for living and working consistently with his religious beliefs about marriage, just as Stutzman has also been trying to do while under legal attack by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson and the American Civil Liberties Union.

The country's top judges ruled 7-2 in his favour.

"By denying merchants the right to simply ask for another card or offer an incentive for using a preferred card, the Supreme Court has undermined the principle of free markets where one company should not be allowed to dictate the practices of an entire industry in order to protect its business model", said NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Stephanie Martz.

"In that ruling, the US Supreme Court denounced government hostility toward the religious beliefs about marriage held by creative professionals like Jack and Barronelle".

The court upheld every one of the state's contested Congressional districts and almost all contested State Legislative districts.

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Today's decision comes one week after the Supreme Court's decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop, in which the court kept in place laws prohibiting discrimination but ruled for the bakery based on concerns about anti-religious bias by a state civil rights commission.

Arlene's Flowers, again brings the Court the question of whether state laws against discrimination require a business owner to provide services for events that may conflict with their religious beliefs, like same-sex weddings. "To be clear, the court made no indication the lower courts ruled incorrectly and made no decision on the case's merits". "The court today seems to minimize the chances that these remedies are going to be effective in future cases", he said. Justice Samuel Alito said in the Court's decision that there was not enough evidence to say that the Texas legislature intentionally discriminated when they adopted new maps in 2013, but that the state legitimately wanted to end ongoing litigation about its district maps.

Republicans in 2016 won 10 of the 13 House districts - 77 percent of them - despite getting just 53 percent of the statewide vote, almost same result as in 2014, by virtue of the strategic drawing of electoral boundaries. "Unfortunately, the Supreme Court fell short", said Kristen Clarke, executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The state's high court held in its ruling floral arrangements do not constitute protected free speech, and that providing flowers to a same-sex wedding would not serve as an endorsement of same-sex marriage. "That's unprecedented in Washington state in such a case". In delivering the court's opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy said states are well within their power to enact anti-discrimination measures in public accommodations laws, but laws must be fairly enforced.

Democratic Washington Gov. Jay Inslee echoed a similar sentiment in a press release of his own. In exchange, he demanded that Stutzman give up her religious and artistic freedom.

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