Thursday, February 19, 2015

Judge: Washington florist unlawfully discriminated against gay couple

Baronelle Stutzman
A judge in Benton County, Washington has ruled that Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlenes Flowers and Gifts violated state law when she refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. According to Judge Judge Alex Ekstrom:
For over 135 years, the Supreme Court has held that laws may prohibit religiously motivated action, as opposed to belief.

In trade and commerce, and more particularly when seeking to prevent discrimination in public accommodations, the Courts have confirmed the power of the Legislative Branch to prohibit conduct it deems discriminatory even where the motivation for that conduct is grounded in religious belief.
In a statement, Stutzman said that government is “coming after me and everything I have just because I won’t live my life the way the state says I should. “I just want the freedom to live and work faithfully and according to what God says about marriage without fear of punishment.”

The Earth is not in orbit around Ms. Stutzman and she is simply a supplier to – not a celebrant of – someone else's wedding. It's a simple concept really. The government is not requiring Ms, Stutzman to enter into a gay marriage.

Alliance Defending Freedom, the anti-gay Christian legal group, has been pimping Stutzman for money over many months. They probably took in far more in donations than they would have received in legal fees. I suspect that we are far from the finish line on this one. ADF will continue to appeal for as long as Stutzman remains donation bait.

Ms. Stutzman is not the victim. The victims are the couple who were told “we don't serve your kind here.” That is the reason that we have anti-discrimination laws in the first place.

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