What that means is, essentially, the Supreme Court is warning these state officials that they need to be neutrally applying their antidiscrimination laws, and when somebody presents religious objections to what they see as compelled speech, it can't be treated differently than other types of objections to compelled speech. "To be clear, the [Supreme] Court made no indication the lower courts ruled incorrectly and made no decision on the case's merits", said lawyer said James Esseks, director of the ACLU's LGBT and HIV Project in a press release.
"The Washington State Supreme Court now has the job of determining whether the U.S. Supreme Court ruling affects this case", Ferguson said.
"There is simply no record of anti-religious sentiment from the Washington State courts, and we have every reason to believe the Washington State Supreme Court will reaffirm Curt and Robert's right to be full and equal members of our society", Emily Chiang said, the chapter's legal director.
In the baker case, the court ruled that a Colorado state commission had showed hostility to religion in violation of his religious rights under the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment.
Representing Stutzman, the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing Stutzman's case should be reconsidered because the court reversed Colorado's decision to punish Phillips for declining the same-sex couples request based on his religious beliefs about marriage.
When Dassey appealed to federal court, a magistrate ruled in his favor, and a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit upheld the decision on a 2-to-1 vote.
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The federal government denied his petition for a writ of certiorari-a plea for the Supreme Court to take up his case-on Monday.
Politico calls the Texas litigation "a more traditional redistricting case" in that it deals with racial rather than partisan discrimination.
Last week, the high court told Wisconsin plaintiffs in a similar partisan gerrymandering case that they hadn't shown individual harm from the map there, so the case was sent back to a lower court to give them the opportunity to do so. Mr. Ingersoll had been a customer at her store for almost 10 years, and Ms. Stutzman said she considered him a friend.
In this session of the Supreme Court, now drawing to a close, the justices have chose to avoid a major decision on voting rights rather than send a clear message going into the 2018 midterm elections.
"The hostility with which Bob Ferguson has treated Barronelle in unprecedented ways for his office do not bode well", Waggoner said.
In a one-paragraph unsigned order, the justices said the lower court's ruling "is vacated, and the case is remanded to the Supreme Court of Washington for further consideration in light of" the court's Masterpiece decision that sided with a Christian cake designer.