Christian Florist Loses Discrimination Battle In Washington State Supreme Court

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America was founded on the principle that people ought to be free to worship however they want in accordance with their personal convictions. It seems as of the last several years, the only group of people who are not allowed to do that is Christians.

Once again, another Christian business owner has found themselves at the mercy of the biased courts and the LGBT militia.

According to a report by Todd Starnes,

The Washington State Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a Christian florist broke the law when she refused to participate in a gay wedding ceremony.

Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, violated the state’s anti-discrimination law by declining to provide floral arrangements for the 2013 same-sex wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed.

Mrs. Stutzman, a Southern Baptist grandmother, could face the loss of her business, her life savings and her home.

The Washington State Supreme Court, stunningly, unanimously ruled Stutzman violated the law by refusing to participate in the gay wedding ceremony. Courts are supposed to be impartial and non-political, but it appears that in Washington State, that is certainly not the case. If it were, there would be no way they could rule against Stutzman, much like the treatment of Colorado Baker Jack Phillips by the Colorado Human Rights Commission, as the Supreme Court found last year.  

It is absolutely tragic that Stutzman, who has worked hard and maintained a successful business for so long, may lose everything over exercising her constitutional rights. Particularly when you consider how easily this couple could have simply sought another florist.

The Alliance Defending Freedom’s Kristen Waggoner, who argued on behalf of Stutzman before the Washington State Supreme Court, says, “The state not only went after Barronelle’s business but also sued her in her personal capacity – putting all her personal assets, including her life savings, at risk.”

Waggoner’s fellow attorney, John Bursch, says they plan to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, pitting gay rights against religious liberty.

From Starnes’ report,

“’Barronelle serves all customers; she simply declines to celebrate or participate in sacred events that violate her deeply held beliefs,’ said Bursch. “Despite that, the state of Washington has been openly hostile toward Barronelle’s religious beliefs about marriage, and now the Washington Supreme Court has given the state a pass. We look forward to taking Barronelle’s case back to the U.S. Supreme Court.”

Mrs. Stutzman is a devout Southern Baptist who believes marriage is between one man and one woman.

When longtime customer Rob Ingersoll asked her to provide flowers for the ceremony, she politely declined — a decision that became national news.

According to court documents, the gay couple suffered an “emotional toll” after Mrs. Stutzman declined to participate in their wedding.

They said the “felt so deeply offended that apparently our business is no longer good business.”

Court documents also show the Southern Baptist grandmother gladly served gay and lesbian customers in the past for non-wedding related flower orders.”

Why is it that Christians are the only ones who are not allowed to live in accordance with our religious convictions in today’s world? Muslims have refused to use their businesses to participate in events that violate their religious beliefs but that’s somehow not the same. Those business owners never get called on the carpet and made to pay for their convictions.

What Stutzman is going through is a nightmare, but Jesus tells us in the Bible to expect persecution and we should consider it an honor when we are persecuted for the cause of Christ. Barronelle Stutzman deserves to be applauded for not compromising her faith for money. We can support her in her fight for her livelihood both financially and in prayer. You can click here to donate to her legal costs.

 

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