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Washington State Sues Florist for Declining to Beautify Same-Sex ‘Wedding’
The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/16/13 | Sue Ellen Browder

Posted on 04/23/2013 6:31:24 AM PDT by marshmallow

Attorney general says that Barronelle Stutzman violated a state consumer-protection law when she turned down business from a homosexual couple.

RICHMOND, Wash. — Since being sued for declining to use her flower-arranging talents to adorn a same-sex “wedding,” Barronelle Stutzman has seen her flower-shop business blossom.

Local community support for her 47-year-old shop, Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts, has been “absolutely fantastic,” Stutzman cheerfully told the Register. “We’ve had more walk-in traffic than ever. People have come in to order $100 bouquets and donate $50 for our legal expenses.”

The hullabaloo erupted last week, after Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit claiming that Stutzman, 68, violated a 2006 state consumer-protection law that says you can’t refuse to sell goods and services based on a person’s sexual orientation.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has stepped in to represent the homosexual couple.

An ACLU letter to Arlene’s Flowers, dated April 10, makes three demands: It asks that Stutzman stop refusing to serve customers based on sexual orientation, publish an apology in the Tri-City Herald and donate $5,000 to the Vista Youth Center, advertised as a place for “gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and allied youth.”

At this writing, the ACLU had received no response to the letter.

(Excerpt) Read more at ncregister.com ...


TOPICS: Current Events; Moral Issues; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: aclu; homosexualagenda

1 posted on 04/23/2013 6:31:24 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

FUACLU.

FUACLU.

FUACLU.


2 posted on 04/23/2013 6:35:27 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: marshmallow

It’s a shame that the right of freedom of association is no longer recognized. Inherent in the right to freely associate, of course, is the right to not associate with chosen people.


3 posted on 04/23/2013 6:36:50 AM PDT by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: marshmallow
Coming soon to your business and your church.

I hope everybody is ready. No conspiracy theories here, this is the real deal and it kicks off as soon as SCOTUS rules.

4 posted on 04/23/2013 6:37:19 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: marshmallow

This will happen to churches that refuse to marry....


5 posted on 04/23/2013 6:37:49 AM PDT by Blue Turtle
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To: marshmallow

I guess it’s okay for them to violate her religious beliefs, or protect the Boston Terrorist.


6 posted on 04/23/2013 6:38:27 AM PDT by mardi59 (IMPEACH OBAMA NOW!!!!!)
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To: jboot
No conspiracy theories here, this is the real deal and it kicks off as soon as SCOTUS rules.

What makes you think SCOTUS will rule unfavorably to real Americans? I think we may be surprised.

7 posted on 04/23/2013 6:42:53 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: marshmallow

Barry Goldwater was right.


8 posted on 04/23/2013 6:43:09 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: coloradan
It’s a shame that the right of freedom of association is no longer recognized

That right was ripped away in 1964 to thunderous applause and general celebration by the majority of Americans. Those who dissented were and are still considered racists.

9 posted on 04/23/2013 6:43:13 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: marshmallow
At this writing, the ACLU had received no response to the letter.

I know many Freepers who would be DELIGHTED to write that letter.

10 posted on 04/23/2013 6:44:58 AM PDT by Our man in washington
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To: Our man in washington

It would be brief. Something like post #2.


11 posted on 04/23/2013 6:48:40 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: jboot
That right was ripped away in 1964 to thunderous applause and general celebration by the majority of Americans.

A good many of them are FReepers. Just suggest that a business should be allowed to turn away and race, religion, or ideology and let the free market take its course. They recoil in horror.
12 posted on 04/23/2013 6:49:17 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: fwdude
What makes anyone think that SCOTUS will rule against homosex marriage? Four of the nine would rule to outlaw marriage altogether tomorrow if that was what True Progressivism demanded, and some of the others are wont to go where the popular winds are blowing, lest they fail to be invited to all the best parties. IMO the fix is in on this one. I'd love to be wrong, but I'm not.
13 posted on 04/23/2013 6:50:41 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: cripplecreek

Cultural conditioning runs very deep. If you own a business, who is the government to tell you who you can and can’t do business with? But few can accept that.


14 posted on 04/23/2013 6:54:53 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: jboot

I do believe your comment hit the nail on the head.


15 posted on 04/23/2013 6:57:56 AM PDT by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: knife6375

Thx. Being right doesn’t help much, though. For once I’d rather be 100% off-base!


16 posted on 04/23/2013 7:00:27 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: jboot

I personally wouldn’t turn any reasonable and rational business away but for any who would, there will be still more who will cater to those turned away elsewhere.

In my opinion, the civil rights amendment was extremely damaging to the free market.


17 posted on 04/23/2013 7:00:52 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: marshmallow

You want me to do what?
18 posted on 04/23/2013 7:00:59 AM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: marshmallow

Her defense should be that she refused their business over a wedding, not over their individual ‘orientations’.


19 posted on 04/23/2013 7:01:27 AM PDT by alancarp (Obama will grab your guns and ship them to Mexican drug mobs.)
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To: fwdude
What makes you think SCOTUS will rule unfavorably to real Americans? I think we may be surprised.

I suspect Roberts will come out singing, " It's raining men".

20 posted on 04/23/2013 7:04:57 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: dragonblustar
If Roberts were consistent (wishful thinking?) he will uphold the laws duly passed, as he alluded to in the horrific Obamacare case, in which he said that the function of the court is not to protect people from their own laws.

I actually trust Roberts more in these cases than I do wishy-washy Kennedy.

21 posted on 04/23/2013 7:15:57 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: marshmallow
The cards of the homo-fascists have already been laid on the table for all to see when they vigorously oppose ANY religious conscience objection exemptions in their homo-"marriage" laws. While it used to be standard consideration when passing these laws, conscience exceptions are almost completely ignored now, as they were in Washington, one of the most irreligious, pagan states in the country.
22 posted on 04/23/2013 7:21:24 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: fwdude
I actually trust Roberts more in these cases than I do wishy-washy Kennedy.

I don't. After I learned he changed his vote on the Obamacare case, I knew this country was in trouble.

23 posted on 04/23/2013 7:21:47 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: dragonblustar

Do you think the left has some serious dirt on Roberts that unduly influences him?


24 posted on 04/23/2013 7:23:36 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: cripplecreek
The very real injustice pre-1964 was that the old law restrained some citizens from associating with other citizens under penalty of law.

The very real injustice post-1964 is that the new law forces everyone to associate with everyone else under penalty of law.

Both laws are toxic to the spirit of free association. The Constitutional solution is to let private individuals associate and exclude as they see fit without State intervention. Retain only that public entities have an obligation to serve everyone impartially.

25 posted on 04/23/2013 7:33:41 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: fwdude; dragonblustar

For whatever reason Roberts appears to be beholden to outside interests. He cannot be counted on to take a principled stand.


26 posted on 04/23/2013 7:41:12 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: marshmallow

Florists are NOT miracle workers. There is absolutely no way to “beautify” a “same sex wedding”.


27 posted on 04/23/2013 7:46:09 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The Amnesty Bill - 800 pages filled with 400 waivers and exemptions for illegal aliens.)
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To: jboot

Yeah, I understand that. I hope we’re wrong.


28 posted on 04/23/2013 7:56:08 AM PDT by knife6375 (US Navy Veteran)
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To: marshmallow

Like there aren’t enough homo florists that would bend over forward for that business. This is about making straight businessmen and women pay for their traditonal majority beliefs. The homo victim card is being played as much or more than the race card these days.


29 posted on 04/23/2013 7:59:26 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: All

Are there other florists? yes.

Is the product a comodity? yes.

Is there a contract already? no.

Is this person a slave? no.

Does an artist HAVE to accept a painting commission? really? no.

Are there businesses that discriminate in favor of homosexuals? A rainbow flag is more incidious than a confederate flag. Certain tenants need not apply, Certain customers not wanted when the flag is present.

These homosexuals have no real case.


30 posted on 04/23/2013 8:24:45 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: fwdude
Do you think the left has some serious dirt on Roberts that unduly influences him?

I don't know. What comes to mind is this..

"What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?"

31 posted on 04/23/2013 8:50:49 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: marshmallow; Revolting cat!
"BEAUTIFY US! BEAUTIFY OUR LIVESES!"


32 posted on 04/23/2013 7:45:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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