Florist rejects Washington attorney general’s deal requiring her to serve same-sex weddings

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February 20, 2015

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A Washington florist who was sued after refusing to provide services for a gay wedding rejected Friday the state attorney general’s offer to settle the case against her, saying the deal requires her to give up her religious freedom.

Barronelle Stutzman, the 70-year-old owner of Arlene’s Flowers, said she has turned down the settlement agreement offered by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, which requires her to pay $2,001 and agree to participate in same-sex marriage ceremonies by creating floral arrangements and providing other services.

“Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about,” Ms. Stutzman said in a letter to Mr. Ferguson. “It’s about freedom, not money. I certainly don’t relish the idea of losing my business, my home, and everything else that your lawsuit threatens to take from my family, but my freedom to honor God in doing what I do best is more important.”

  • Barbara Riddle

    DO THE ARRANGEMENT BARONNELLE,JUST MAKE IT UGLY!

  • Barbara Riddle

    GOD IS ON HER SIDE!

  • Barbara Riddle

    IM WITH THIS POOR LADY.GAYS ARE THEIR OWN WORST ENEMY!

  • jimmauney

    Amen. We need a lot more like you!!

    • Barbara Riddle

      WE HAVE TOO MANY IN THIS COUNTRY NOW, WHO DONOT BELIEVE IN INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS.

  • iprazhm

    We definitely need to support Christian owned business’ and avoid those owned by homosexuals and those who support homosexuality.
    If I see your business name on a float in a ‘gay’ parade, you will not get my patronage.

    • I Seigel

      You certainly have the right to patronize whatever business you want. But if you HAVE a business, you must have a license for that business to conduct operations in your state or locality. To get that license, you have to abide by certain rules and regulations, which this lady didn’t want to do. She broke the law, pure and simple.

      Exactly the same as a pharmacist refusing to dispense certain legal drugs. If you’re licensed by the state, you have to abide by the laws of the state, not your church. Same as a landlord, a doctor, a teacher or any other businessperson or person holding a state-issued license. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand this simple fact.

  • Phyllis

    I think every christian in this country should mail ten dollars cash in an unmarked envelope to this lady as it is obvious the government is going to take everything from her..God is not mocked..we are called to be “doers of the Word and not hearers only”…this woman is a doer of the word so let us do unto her as we would have others do unto us if we were in her shoes…and let us stand in the gap for for and bless her enemies..and mean it..generally speaking that brings down the wrath of God on the people doing the persecuting but “rejoice not when you see thine enemy fall.”

    • $112741517

      The ACLJ Lawyer will defend her ‘No Charge’…

      • Phyllis

        The lawyer will not recover her lost income from the govt, nor restore her privacy and it doesn’t hurt to put one’s money where one’s belief is..”give and it will be given to you, good measure, pressed down, running over………”

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