|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
Issues: (1) Whether the creation and sale of custom floral arrangements to celebrate a wedding ceremony is artistic expression, and, if so, whether compelling their creation violates the free speech clause; and (2) whether the compelled creation and sale of custom floral arrangements to celebrate a wedding and attendance of that wedding against one's religious beliefs violates the free exercise clause.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Apr 04 2017||Application (16A961) to extend the time to file a petition for a writ of certiorari from May 17, 2017 to July 16, 2017, submitted to Justice Kennedy.|
|Apr 11 2017||Application (16A961) granted by Justice Kennedy extending the time to file until July 16, 2017.|
|Jul 14 2017||Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due August 21, 2017)|
|Jul 21 2017||Consent to the filing of amicus curiae briefs, in support of either party or of neither party, received from counsel for petitioners.|
|Jul 28 2017||Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Washington on 08/11/2017|
|Aug 03 2017||Blanket Consent filed by Respondent, Curt Freed, et al. on 07/25/2017.|
|Aug 04 2017||Order extending time to file response to petition to and including October 20, 2017.|
|Aug 15 2017||Brief amici curiae of The Cato Institute, et al. filed.|
|Aug 16 2017||Brief amicus curiae of North Carolina Values Coalition and the Family Research Council filed.|
|Aug 18 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The Becket Fund For Religious Liberty filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amici curiae of The Washington State Catholic Conference, et al. filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The Foundation for Moral Law filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amici curiae of International Christian Photographers, et al. filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Legal Scholar Adam J. MacLeod filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amici curiae of The States of Texas, et al. filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amici curiae of United States Senators and Representatives filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The Thomas More Society filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amici curiae of The Restoring Religious Freedom Project filed.|
|Aug 21 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence filed.|
|Oct 20 2017||Brief of respondent Washington in opposition filed.|
|Oct 20 2017||Brief of respondents Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in opposition filed.|
|Nov 08 2017||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/1/2017.|
|Nov 09 2017||Reply of petitioners Arlene's Flowers, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Jun 04 2018||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/7/2018.|
|Jun 06 2018||Supplemental brief of petitioners Arlene's Flowers, Inc., et al. filed. (Distributed)|
|Jun 07 2018||Supplemental brief of respondents Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed filed. (Distributed)|
|Jun 11 2018||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/14/2018.|
|Jun 13 2018||Supplemental brief of respondent Washington filed. (Distributed)|
|Jun 18 2018||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 6/21/2018.|
|Jun 25 2018||Petition GRANTED. Judgment VACATED and case REMANDED for further consideration in light of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Comm'n, 584 U. S. ____ (2018).|
|Jul 27 2018||MANDATE ISSUED.|
|Jul 27 2018||JUDGMENT ISSUED.|
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