SCOTUS Declines To Hear Appeal For Anti-LGBTQ Florist

Gay couple dances after getting married
Gay couple dances after getting married
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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal by anti-LGBTQ florist Barronelle Stutzman of Washington state who refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding.

Stutzman’s petition is listed on Friday’s orders list indicating the high court had denied certiorari, or refused to take up the case. No reason was given although the orders note that Justice Thomas, Justice Alito, and Justice Gorsuch would have granted the petition to hear the case. In the Supreme Court, at least four justices have to agree to take up a case.

The decision means the ruling by the Washington Supreme Court will stand.

The sad story began in 2013 when Rob Ingersoll and Curt Freed, longtime customers of Arlene’s Flowers owned by Stutzman, approached the florist for flowers for their dream wedding. Stutzman refused claiming doing so would violate her religious beliefs.

In 2017, the case had made its way up to the Washington state high court which ruled Stutzman had violated the state’s anti-discrimination laws which prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ people in public accommodations. The florist was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine.

Stutzman appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 2018 wherein SCOTUS vacated the lower court’s decision and asked the Washington court to review the case in light of a narrow ruling in the case of Jack Phillips, owner of the Colorado bakery Masterpiece Cakeshop.

A year later, in June 2019, the Washington Supreme Court reaffirmed its decision finding there had been no animosity involved against Stutzman in the original ruling.

Today’s decision is the end of the road in terms of legal options for Stutzman.

“After Curt and I were turned away from our local flower shop, we cancelled the plans for our dream wedding because we were afraid it would happen again. We had a small ceremony at home instead,” Ingersoll told ABC News in a statement. “We hope this decision sends a message to other LGBTQ people that no one should have to experience the hurt that we did.”

Alphonso David, president of Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement, “The Supreme Court has once again said that critical nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBTQ people are legally enforceable and has set a strong and definitive precedent.”

Kristen Waggoner, general counsel for the virulently anti-LGBTQ legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, called the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the case “tragic.”

This is the third high profile LGBTQ-related case addressed by the Supreme Court.

In June, SCOTUS issued a unanimous but very narrow ruling in favor of Catholic Social Services (CSS) in Philadelphia which had refused to certify same-sex couples who applied to become foster parents.

The ruling was not the broad ‘license to discriminate’ anti-LGBTQ advocates had hoped for. Instead, the justices found in favor of CSS because the city hadn’t applied its own policy of exemptions uniformly. The decision only applies to CSS and its contract with Philadelphia.

And earlier this week, SCOTUS also rejected to hear an appeal by a Virginia school board seeking ban transgender students from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity. That decision sets precedent regarding restroom discrimination in schools in at least five states.

(Source: ABC News)

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Jerry Falwell Jr Placed On ‘Indefinite Leave’ After FlyGate Photo

Jerry Falwell Jr and friend

ABC News reports Jerry Falwell, Jr. has agreed to “take an indefinite leave of absence from his roles as President and Chancellor of Liberty University” in the aftermath of his posting then deleting photos on social media with his arm around a young woman and his pants unzipped.

As the firestorm began, Falwell gave an interview to radio station WLNI explaining the photo was taken during a ‘costume party’ while on vacation.

“I was like … trying to like … I had a pair of jeans on that I hadn’t worn in a long time and couldn’t get mine zipped either,” Falwell said on the air.

Falwell has come under fire in recent months for his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic regarding students being on campus.

Falwell, a huge supporter of Donald Trump, has served since 2007 as president of the Lynchburg university founded by his father, the late evangelist the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Vermont Woman Rants ‘Black People Get Everything Free’

At a pro-police rally over the weekend in Vermont, a woman became unhinged when confronted by a group of Black Lives Matter counter-protesters at the Montpelier event.

“Black lives don’t matter at all to me! White lives matter!” she screamed at the camera. “You’ve had everything, free f*cking everything. Blacks have been coddled for years. Free college, free everything!”

“Free everything and it’s still not enough and never will be!” she added.

One of the Black Lives Matter protesters asked, “So you’re saying you’re a white supremacist? That’s what I’m hearing.”

“Black lives don’t f*cking matter to me,” was the white woman’s reply.

So much for the ‘All Lives Matter’ argument.

For the record, Black Americans don’t get ‘free college.’

And you might want to ask George Floyd about being ‘coddled.’

Oh, right…we can’t. He’s dead.

Woman Who Yelled She Will Teach Her Grandchildren ‘To Hate’ Now Claims She ‘Blacked Out’

Kathy Jenkins waves a Confederate flag at a Black Lives Matter protest

Kathy Jenkins waves a Confederate flag at a Black Lives Matter protest

A woman in Branson, Missouri, was captured on video at a Black Lives Matter protest earlier this week waving a Confederate flag and yelling at protesters “I will teach my grandkids to hate you all.” She also called out “KKK belief.”

Kathy Jenkins told local news station KOLR10 that since the video went viral she’s lost her job (a punishment she says she deserves) and has left Branson, her home of six years.

Jenkins claims, however, that she “blacked out” and doesn’t remember making those racist statements to BLM protesters assembled outside a store that sells Confederate merchandise. She does, however, say she remembers chanting along with the protesters “Black Lives Matter.”

According to Jenkins, she was watching the protest from the other side of the street and was handed a Confederate flag. She says she thought it was a symbol of “unity.”

Jenkins says in the video she was yelling at a pair of neighbors who were heckling her and calling her a racist for waving the flag.

“I wasn’t saying I’m KKK or for the KKK,” she told KOLR10 reporter David Chasanov on Wednesday. “I was mocking them because I don’t like being called a racist.”

“I’m so, so sorry,” Jenkins told KOLR10. “I mean, if it would help for me to stand with Black Lives Matter, I absolutely would do that.”

“I didn’t understand that the Confederate flag meant hate,” said Jenkins. “I don’t understand the whole history of the Confederate flag, but I’m learning.”

But Faith Pittser, one of the Black Lives Matter organizers, disagreed with that version of the story. She told the news station in a statement:

“She knew exactly what she was doing. She was there from the start on the counter-protesters’ side shouting obscenities and hateful words at our protesters. I think her claims to not know what the confederate flag is and what it represents are absurd and lies. She proudly shouted “KKK belief” in front of all of us.

“Her apology does not make sense as she’s trying to state she didn’t realize she was on the opposing side. How do you not realize that if you’re on Dixie Outfitter’s property holding a confederate flag along with the other counter-protesters that are facing us? She never once shouted ‘black lives matter’ along with us. This woman is lying and apologizing because she’s sorry she got caught in her acts of racism.”

Here’s the original video that went viral on Twitter. The clip has been viewed over 13 million times.

Gay Man Tells The Tale Of His Experience With ‘Skincare Karen’

L-R Lisa Alexander, Jamie Juanillo (screen capture)

Another ‘Karen’ found her time in the spotlight last week when a woman named Lisa Alexander approached Jaime Juanillo in front of his home in San Francisco.

Juanillo was stenciling the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ in chalk on the retaining wall of his home in the Pacific Heights neighborhood when Ms. Alexander and her husband stopped to ask him “Is this your property?”

When Juanillo inquired as to the nature of their questions, they told him “it’s private property.”

“Respectfully,” Alexander says to Juanillo, “absolutely your [Black Lives Matter] signs and everything, that’s good, but this is not the way to do it. It’s private property.”

“But if I did live here and it was my property, this would be absolutely fine,” Juanillo responded. “ And you don’t know if I live here or if this is my property.”

With the tone of an elementary school teacher, Alexander raises her finger gently to her chin and says, “Yes, we do know. Because we know the person that does live here.”

Juanillo told the couple if they believe he was committing a crime, they should call the police because “I’d be more than happy to talk to them.”

The couple continued to ask Juanillo’s name and he refused to give them that information saying, “You’re the ones asking me questions.”

Alexander – “But we’re not doing anything illegal.”

Juanillo – “Neither am I.”

Alexander – “Actually, you are.”

And so, Lisa Alexander and her husband, who shared his name is Robert, walked off and called the police.

They would later be mortified when the police pulled up to the residence and it became clear the officers knew Jaime Juanillo, and he did indeed live in that home.

In fact, as Juanillo recently shared with local station KQED, he married his husband in the backyard of the home and had lived there for 18 years.

Juanillo, who is of Filipino descent, told KQED,  “It’s not unusual at all for me to get a look like, ‘Do you belong here?’” 

He says he held his composure during the incident because one, he knew he had a right to be there, and two, he realized the couple’s intentions were more about race and less about chalk.

“Lisa and Robert knew it was chalk art, and that it was going to be washed away in the first rain,” Juanillo said. So, the issue wasn’t ‘destroying property’ but the Black Lives Message itself.

“And once I knew that,” he said, “I can act how I needed to act. It was simple after that.”

“They’re wrong,” he added. “And they rode that racial bias all the way off a cliff.”

Juanillo says in hindsight, he’s struck by how far Alexander was taking the issue.

“You can presume that she knew by calling the police that I could possibly die,” said Juanillo. “She was OK with that. Even knowing that I was just working with chalk, she’s willing to call men with guns.”

Juanillo considered not posting the video of the encounter for a short while. But later in the day, while standing in his living room, he saw the couple pass by again. He knocked on the window hoping to grab their attention. 

“If they had come up to my door and they had apologized, I would have accepted it, not posted this. And they could have kept their businesses and lives intact,” Juanillo told KQED. “It was all up to them: Action after action after action.”

But instead of admitting they’d been wrong, Juanillo says, “The look on their faces was total mortification” as they kept walking by the home.

He says he shared the video because he wanted people to see the more subtle racist conflicts that happen in an effort to help educate white people that they even exist.

“If enough people see incidents like this, then maybe people will actually think about it and change their behavior,” Juanillo said. He also addressed those on social media who said he should have argued or engaged in the conflict.

“Do you really think they’re going to believe me if I point out a $10 million house and say I live there?” Juanillo said.

In the aftermath of the viral video, Lisa Alexander was informed the beauty subscription company Birchbox severed ties with her skincare company LAFACE. 

She also issued a public apology for “being disrespectful” to Juanillo stating, “I should have minded my own business.”

She goes on to write, “When I watch the video I am shocked and sad that I behaved the way I did. It was disrespectful to Mr. Juanillo and I am deeply sorry for that.”

Additionally, her husband, identified as Robert Larkins, was dismissed from his position at the financial firm Raymond James on Monday.

Another ‘Karen’ Loses The Blame Game

Lisa Alexander (screen capture via Boy Culture)

Oh, lord, another ‘Karen’ telling a Black American what he should or shouldn’t do.

Twitter user Jaimetoons shared this video of a woman reportedly named Lisa Alexander, who apparently owns LaFace Laboratories – a makeup company – who politely asserts (as politely as a white person can assert) that he is committing a crime ‘defacing’ his own private property.

And she tells him she knows the owner – which is him – so, there’s that.

What is wrong with these people?

Her Twitter and Instagram accounts were filled with Candace Owens and anti-CNN messaging – until she deleted them.

Wisconsin: ‘Karen’ Berates Americans For Playing American Music

NowThis News shares this clip of another racist ‘Karen’ berating a Latinx family for playing music while barbecuing in a park.

I have to wonder if she would have demanded ‘American music’ if the Puerto Rican family had been playing ABBA?

p.s. Puerto Ricans ARE Americans. Puerto Rican music IS American music.

Man Shops In KKK Hood After Face Mask Requirement Goes Into Effect

(screen capture via Channel 8 San Diego)

Social media has been sharing photos of a man wearing a KKK hood while grocery shopping at a Vons store in Santee, California.

The photos were taken at the store on Mission Gorge Road in Santee Saturday afternoon.

The incident took place just a day after San Diego instituted health guidelines requiring citizens to wear a face mask when entering a business. Clearly the man was trying to make a statement.

According to Newsweek, “The man reportedly refused to take off his hood after being confronted by others at the store until he went to go pay for his items at the checkout.”

Several social media users noted that Santee has a sad, sordid history regarding white supremacists which caused the city to be nicknamed, “Klantee.”

See the report from Channel 8 San Diego below.

Fox News Host: SF On Lockdown Because It’s A ‘Big Gay Town’ Full Of ‘Compromised Immune Systems’

Fox News personality Mark Steyn (screen capture)

While guest-hosting The Rush Limbaugh Show today, Fox News personality Mark Steyn mocked San Francisco for being one of the first cities to lockdown during the ongoing coronavirus threat saying it’s because “it’s a big gay town” with “all the compromised immune systems.”

Transcript via MediaMatters:

“San Francisco has just ordered everyone to shelter in place, just to say, ‘Stay in your apartment. Don’t leave your apartment unless you need to go out to a grocery store or to a pharmacy or to a doctor’s.’

“Why are they doing that? Why is San Francisco the first to do that? Because they’ve got all the gay guys there.

“It’s a big gay town, San Francisco, and they’re the ones with all the compromised immune systems from all the protease inhibitors and all the other stuff. And they don’t want all the gays dropping dead on the San Francisco mayor’s watch. So that’s why they’ve got all that sheltering in place there.

“And even if it dropped, they all dropped dead on the San Francisco mayor’s watch, if there was a big gay apocalypse, you know, the way this thing is going now, it would be Trump who would get blamed for it anyway.

“He’d be — it would be his homophobia that would have struck down all these people in San Francisco. So that’s why they’ve all been ordered to stay home. And it’s not easy staying home.”

Steyn, you may recall, is the genius who questioned if Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was really a woman…?

(h/t JoeMyGod)