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Supreme Court won’t hear case of florist who refused to work gay wedding

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The Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear the case of a Washington state florist who refused to work a same-sex wedding, leaving in place a lower court ruling that she broke state anti-discrimination laws.

Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas said they would have agreed to hear the case brought by Barronelle Stutzman. However, four justices are needed to add a case to the court’s calendar.

Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Wash., was found by two lower courts to have violated the law when she declined long-time customer Rob Ingersoll’s request to provide flowers at his wedding to fiancé Curt Freed.

“I waited on Rob for ten years, and I’d wait on him for another ten years,” Stutzman told Fox News’ “Special Report” Friday night. “[B]ut my faith teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman, and when Rob came in to ask about his wedding, that was something I could not do.”

Following an initial appeal by Stutzman, the Supreme Court in 2018 sent the case back to the state level to determine whether the initial rulings had violated the Constitution’s guarantee of religious neutrality.

Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas -- said they would've agreed to hear the case.
Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas — said they would’ve agreed to hear the case.
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In June 2019, the Washington Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the state courts did not act with animosity toward religion when finding Stutzman had violated the law. That led to another appeal by Stutzman and Friday’s rejection by the justices.

“No American should be forced to create art, express a message, or participate in ceremonies that violate their convictions,” attorney Kristen Waggoner of the Alliance Defending Freedom, who represented Stutzman, told Fox host Shannon Bream.

“What this denial does is essentially pave the way for Washington state and the ACLU to financially ruin Baronelle, but it does not set binding precedent,” Waggoner said. “And so the question and the request that we have to the Supreme Court, is again to affirm this basic principle, no matter what side of the marriage debate we’re on.”

Washington state law requires that business offer the same services to heterosexual couples and same-sex couples alike. Stutzman said that as a result, her shop is unable to provide flowers for any weddings, which she called a “financial burden.”

“But we’re still here and our doors are still open,” she added.

In recent years, the Supreme Court has issued narrow decisions in similar cases while sidestepping the broader question of whether business owners and private organizations have the absolute right to refuse service to same-sex couples on the basis of their religious beliefs.

Last month, for example, the court ruled unanimously that the city of Philadelphia violated the First Amendment by suspending its contract with a Catholic social services agency that declined to certify same-sex couples as foster parents. Similarly, the court ruled in 2018 that Colorado’s Civil Rights Commission violated baker Jack Phillips’ First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion by ordering him to make cakes for same-sex weddings, but that ruling did not address the state’s anti-discrimination law.

“I hope the Supreme Court realizes how important this is to each of us, whether you’re religious or not,” Stutzman said Friday. “The government needs to understand that faith has been part of our constitutional rights, and I live by that. I can’t drop that off at the steps of the church.”

“I do think it begs the question of how many years people like Jack Phillips will have to litigate for their freedom,” Waggoner added, “and how many Barronelles it will take for the court and the nation to stop activists from using the law, misusing the law as an arm of cancel culture.”

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
New York DMV

There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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