Skip to comments.Washington State Sues Florist for Declining to Beautify Same-Sex ‘Wedding’
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, Arlenes Flowers & Gifts, has been absolutely fantastic, Stutzman cheerfully told the Register. Weve 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 cant refuse to sell goods and services based on a persons sexual orientation.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has stepped in to represent the homosexual couple.
An ACLU letter to Arlenes 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.
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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.
I hope everybody is ready. No conspiracy theories here, this is the real deal and it kicks off as soon as SCOTUS rules.
This will happen to churches that refuse to marry....
I guess it’s okay for them to violate her religious beliefs, or protect the Boston Terrorist.
What makes you think SCOTUS will rule unfavorably to real Americans? I think we may be surprised.
Barry Goldwater was right.
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.
I know many Freepers who would be DELIGHTED to write that letter.
It would be brief. Something like post #2.
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.
I do believe your comment hit the nail on the head.
Thx. Being right doesn’t help much, though. For once I’d rather be 100% off-base!
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.
Her defense should be that she refused their business over a wedding, not over their individual ‘orientations’.
I suspect Roberts will come out singing, " It's raining men".
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