Thursday, February 19, 2015

USPC: Judge authorizes ‘personal ruin’ for Christian florist

The US Pastor Council is a Houston-based hate group. They were the folks who tried (and failed) to get a measure on the ballot to repeal Houston's anti-discrimination ordinance. Earlier in the day I wrote about a judge finding that Barronelle Stutzman illegally discriminated against a lesbian couple when she refused to sell them flowers for their wedding. As you might imagine, USPC has a slightly different take on the matter:
A judge in Washington on Wednesday authorized the “personal ruin” of a florist whose Christian faith prevented her from promoting a same-sex wedding and who was sued by both the state and the homosexual couple.

… Judge Alex Ekstrom granted a summary judgment in the case against Barronelle Stutzman …
[ … ]
The judge ordered that the state and the homosexual plaintiffs, each of whom filed lawsuits, could collect damages and attorneys’ fees from Stutzman.

“The message of these rulings is unmistakable: The government will bring about your personal and professional ruin if you don’t help celebrate same-sex marriage,” said ADF Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner.
The message of these rulings is unmistakable: If you own a public accommodation then you must comply with applicable anti-discrimination laws. As my late mother would say “serving pork and eating it are two different things.”

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