Further, religious freedom disputes like his aren’t just a “Christian” concern, Adamson said.
There is power behind images, and companies spend billions of dollars using t-shirts to promote messages, he said.
“By no means did we set out to be trailblazers,’’ said De Boer, a nurse who along with Rowse has cared for numerous foster children with special needs.
“Taking on the marriage ban seemed like a huge battle, and it still is, but the ban isn’t right.
But when their lawsuit challenging Michigan’s adoption code came to a federal district court in 2012, the judge shocked De Boer and her partner, Jayne Rowse, telling them they should instead be contesting the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
After much anguished discussion, the couple agreed, De Boer recounted.
Opponents of same-sex marriage disagree, objecting on various grounds, including religion and the belief that the state’s interest in marriage is to promote bonds between men and women for the sake of procreation. For Vitale, his relationship with his husband, Robert Talmas, 44, is as traditional as any couple’s could be.And it's a bit more specific than an "open relationship".What polys want – not so different from the rest of us – are ongoing, honest, committed relationships. The internet has helped them hugely on this quest, allowing individuals who might otherwise never meet to form vast, wide-ranging networks and communities. The cases are part of a wave of lawsuits gaining more attention after the Supreme Court’s decision that the right to marry extends to same-sex couples, in Obergefell v. Stutzman appealed, and the Washington Supreme Court will hear oral argument Nov. The florist said she believes in the Constitution’s protection of religious freedom, and that if “we do not stand up and fight, soon we’ll have nothing to stand up for.” Stutzman tearfully said that she misses Ingersoll, and would “serve him for another 10 years” if she could, despite the lawsuit. Panelist Blaine Adamson owns Hands On Originals, a Christian t-shirt design business in Kentucky, and refused to print shirts promoting a gay and lesbian pride festival. The florist was sued after similarly refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding, and the t-shirt designer after turning away an order for shirts promoting a gay and lesbian pride festival. Ingersoll and the state of Washington sued Stutzman, arguing that she violated its anti-discrimination law. Religious “beliefs do not give any of us a right to ignore the law or to harm others because of who they are,” the American Civil Liberties Union, which represented Ingersoll, said after the decision. ADF’s petition for review argues that show demonstrates the “artistic nature of Phillips’ profession.” Keep up with the most significant cases and key legislative, regulatory, and Supreme Court developments with a free trial to United States Law Week.It harms families like ours, so we decided we needed to do it.’’ On Friday, De Boer, Rowse and same-sex couples from three other states succeeded in putting the issue of marriage equality before the Supreme Court, which accepted their cases and will consider this spring whether the Constitution requires that same-sex couples be allowed to marry. “It’s overwhelming.’’ The plaintiffs — from Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee, as well as Michigan — are women and men and come from diverse backgrounds.