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Christian Florist Guilty of Discrimination

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By Joseph DeCaro

SEATTLE (Worthy News)-- A florist may lose her home, business and savings after a judge last week ruled against her failure to fill an order for a same-sex ceremony, according to Christian News.

Baronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, was sued in March 2012 by State Attorney General Bob Ferguson for not accepting the order even though she referred the customer to other florists who could.

Ferguson informed Stutzman that she must either accommodate homosexual ceremonies, or be held legally liable; he also offered Stutzman the opportunity to recant, but she refused.

The Alliance Defending Freedom legal organization argued that Ferguson had never received a complaint and filed on his own volition, but last month, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Eckstrom ruled that Stutzman may be held liable for failing to fulfill the order.

"The message of these rulings is unmistakable: the government will bring about your personal and professional ruin if you don't help celebrate same-sex marriage," said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner. "Laws that are supposed to prohibit discrimination might sound good, but the government has begun to use these laws to hurt people—to force them to conform and to silence and punish them if they don’t violate their religious beliefs on marriage."

Stutzman said she just wanted the freedom to live and work according to what God said about marriage without fear of retribution.

"Others have the freedom to say, or not say what they want to about marriage, and that’s all I'm asking for as well," she said.

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6 thoughts on “Christian Florist Guilty of Discrimination

  1. I just read on internet 3 men got married in Asia somewhere , not sure if its a joke or serious . But when Marriage is destroyed , as it is being done so lately , anything will go soon . Lawlessness will be the new law , and how do you spell Sodom and Gormorah ? But be of good Courage the Lord will be here and every eye will see him , every knee will bow and tounge confess Jesus is Lord to the glory of God . what a Day that will be .

  2. She is a godly example of what all believers in Jesus should do, if we face similar circumstances. Common sense has bypassed Washington DC, judges and the court system. These businesses are, I believe, deliberately chosen by the homosexuals/lesbians to bring attention to themselves. If they're so tolerant, why don't they take their business elsewhere.?

  3. I thought if you lose a civil case you are liable for court costs and damges. What could the damdges from not getting flowers for your wedding possibly be? How could it possibly bankrupt someone? Do they really expect someone to believe that you have thousands of dollars of emotional damage from not getting flowers? You can get food poisoning at a restaraunt and you'll be lucky to cover your medical bill.

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