Mary Haddad Speaks at the International Association of Defense Counsel

Mary DePaolo Haddad was an International Association of Defense Counsel panelist this past week in Santa Barbara, California on the Aftermath of the Supreme Court’s Decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop addressing whether owners of public accommodations can refuse certain services based on First Amendment claims of free speech and free exercise of religion and thereby receive an exemption from laws prohibiting non-discrimination in public accommodation.  In this particular case, a baker refused to make a wedding cake for the marriage of a gay couple on the basis of the baker’s religious beliefs.  The ruling was made on procedural grounds and did not address freedom of speech.  The U.S. Supreme Court then required the Washington State Supreme Court to reconsider its decision in the State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers in light of the Masterpiece Cakeshop ruling.  In Arlene’s Flowers, Barronelle Stutzman refused to, based on her faith, design custom floral arrangements celebrating same sex weddings.  Arlene’s Flowers filed its opening brief this week.  Contact Mary if you are curious of developments.