Washington state and the ACLU sue florist for refusing to sell flowers for gay wedding because of Christian beliefs
The state allows gay marriage and prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland has resisted efforts to reverse her policy.
By David Knowles / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 8:58 PM
"I believe, biblically, that marriage is between a man and a woman. That is my conviction, yours may be different” Stutzman wrote on the Facebook page for Arlene’s."
Flowers may not discriminate, but people are another matter.
The American Civil Liberties Union joined the state of Washington by filing its own lawsuit on Thursday against Arlene’s Flowers and its proprietor, Barronelle Stutzman, over the woman’s refusal to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding.
On March 1, Robert Ingersoll entered the shop in Richland, a small town approximately 200 miles from Seattle, where he had been buying flowers for years. When he informed Stutzman he was getting married to his boyfriend, Curt Freed, the store owner stopped him cold.
“He said he decided to get married, and before he got through I grabbed his hand and said, ‘I am sorry. I can't do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’" Stutzman told KEPRTV News.
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