Friday, January 9, 2015

ADF trots out the "they got served elsewhere" defense for Barronelle Stuzman

Barronelle Stutzman
Barronelle Stutzman
Barronelle Stutzman – owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, WA – decided that selling flowers is some sort of religious sacrament. She refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding in violation of Washington's anti-discrimination laws. Alliance Defending Freedom (the Christianist law firm) has been pimping out Stutzman as some sort of hero and as a martyr for Christ. Stutzman is neither.

Faced with a lawsuit from the couple that was turned away and an enforcement action from the State of Washington there is some potential that her personal assets are at risk. ADF's defense of Stutzman is as insulting as Stutzman's discriminatory behavior.

According to ADF:
Rob Ingersoll and his partner did not miss out on having flowers at their ceremony because Barronelle could not, as a matter of conscience, design them. In fact, they've received several offers for free flowers.
I believe that it is Rob Ingersoll and his husband. The fact that they obtained service elsewhere is entirely irrelevant (ADF attorneys should, and probably do, know better). The only issue is that they were denied service. They were told that they were less than equal. They were humiliated. Washington's anti-discrimination law is unambiguous. Ms. Stutzman broke the law.
Barronelle clearly did not discriminate against Ingersoll; she had created flower arrangements for him many times—she considered him a friend. In fact, Barronelle had served and employed numerous people who identify as homosexual over the course of the nearly 15 years she's owned Arlene's Flowers.
That is nauseatingly dishonest. When she turned away Ingersoll and his intended she clearly did discriminate against them. Prior service has no bearing on the matter. Whether or not Stutzman has, or had, gay employees and customers is equally irrelevant. Those things have absolutely no bearing on whether or not Ms. Stutzman broke the law.

As an aside, the folks at ADF insist on these tortured descriptions of LGBT people. “People who identify as homosexual?” It just adds insult to injury. ADF continues to be one of the nation's most virulent purveyors of anti-gay hate. According to the unidentified author of this piece:
Barronelle's case could set an alarming precedent for Christians who are living out their faith in their daily work. Please help spread the word about this case on social media and with your family and friends, and encourage them to take a stand against government officials who are trying to punish people for their faith.
Sure. Christians v. Homosexual Agenda. Christians have feigned victimhood for how long? This has nothing to do with government officials persecuting Ms. Stutzman on behalf of evil gay people. The duly elected legislature of Washington passed a non-discrimination bill that was signed by the duly elected governor of Washington. The state then has the obligation to enforce the law. What part of this is mysterious to Stutzman or her lawyers?

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