Thursday, April 11, 2013

Washington Florist Stands for Marriage, Gets Hammered

This story is interesting, because it highlights the lies supporters of counterfeit marriage need to tell.

Ms. Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland, WA is being sued by the state of Washington because she refused, on religious grounds, to provide flowers to a same-sex "wedding." The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports:

“As Attorney General, it is my job to enforce the laws of the state of Washington,” said (Attorney General Bob) Ferguson. “Under the Consumer Protection Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation. If a business provides a product or service to opposite-sex couples for their weddings, then it must provide same sex couples the same product or service.”

But wait: according to the article, the florist, Ms. Stutznman and the customers did business for 10 years. The Post-Intelligencer reports:

"(Robert) Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed, were decade-long customers of Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts."

This refutes the Washington Attorney General's statement that this has anything to do with "discrimination against customers based on their sexual orientation."  Presumably, Ingersoll and Freed's sexual orientation was the same in the previous 10 years as it was on the day they announced to Ms. Stutzman they wanted her to do their "wedding." She is not against same-sex attracted people, (if that is indeed what Ingersoll and Freed are; maybe they are heterosexual men who wish to "marry" each other for some reason) she is for marriage.

Ms. Stutzman is fighting this in court. I sent her a small donation today.

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