Christian Florist Who Refused Gay Wedding Found Guilty of Discrimination
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Feb 19
A Washington woman who refused to make flower arrangements for a gay wedding in 2013 has been found guilty of discrimination.
Christian Today reports that Barronelle Stutzman, who operated Arlene’s Flowers, refused to provide the floral arrangements for Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed’s wedding because her Christian beliefs prevented her from doing so in good conscience. After two years of legal proceedings, Stutzman was found guilty of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Stutzman will be likely fined, though the damages sought by the couple will be determined at a later date.
Legal group Alliance Defending Freedom represented Stutzman in the suit; a statement from the group said that the attorneys intend to appeal the court’s decision.
Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner said in a statement, "You put your home, your family business, and your life savings at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong."
Publication date: February 19, 2015