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Richland florist sues state for violating her religious freedom
tri-cityherald ^ | May 16, 2013 | without attribute

Posted on 05/17/2013 9:13:22 PM PDT by Rabin

Richland — A Richland florist countersued the Washington attorney general (WAG), Thursday after he WAG filed a lawsuit against her for refusing to provide flower arrangements for a same-sex (male on male) marriage. Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal ministry that advocates for religious rights, filed the suit in Benton County Superior Court on behalf of Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers. ''Barronelle believes, as the Bible teaches, that marriage is defined by God as a union of man and woman,” The lawsuit argues (State Attorney General Bob Ferguson).. lawsuit filed (without any citizen complaint), on behalf of the state to force Stutzman to act contrary to her religious convictions, which it is a violation of her (civil rights), constitutional freedoms.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Washington
KEYWORDS: arlenesflowers; wag
Re: Post Mount Athos (Washington State) AG sues florist who refused flowers to gay wedding Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | April 9, 2013 | Joel Connelly

Washington's tax dollars at work to push in your face, to punish the errant flower girl.


1 posted on 05/17/2013 9:13:22 PM PDT by Rabin
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To: Baynative

Washington ping.

2 posted on 05/17/2013 9:44:33 PM PDT by ConjunctionJunction
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To: Rabin
There is a poll on the link to main article:

"Do you think a business owner should be allowed to refuse service to a same-sex couple because of religious beliefs?"

The poll needs FReeper help...

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3 posted on 05/17/2013 10:36:43 PM PDT by Ron C.
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To: Ron C.

Poll’s at 50-50.

I own my small business and have been approached to provide accounting services to someone I knew was a lesbian. Just responded that I would rather not. Had they pressed for an explanation, I would have responded that I didn’t think we could work effectively together as a team. I have enough trouble with a couple of my clients who are libs and just recently terminated my contract with one of them.

Suspect it’s easier to control if you sell a service rather than a product. For me it’s all about freedom of choice, not only who I provide services to but who I obtain services from.

4 posted on 05/17/2013 11:39:39 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Rabin

this Bob Ferguson got elected meerly because he had a D next to his name....that’s what the Washington sheeple do.....he has never tried a case in court, and was only a law clerk, IIRC....

5 posted on 05/18/2013 12:12:06 AM PDT by cherry
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To: cherry

Apparently, the previous friendship between Stutzman and Ingersoll was fine until Stutzman wouldn’t jump up and down to show support for the “wedding”. Being tolerant wasn’t enough; she was expected to embrace and support something that contradicted her religious beliefs. Then it became all about discrimination.

Ingersoll’s self-indulgent comment about how it really hurt because it was someone he knew says quite a bit. I suppose it never occurred to him that lashing out with a vindictive lawsuit was hurtful in turn, but that was his point I suppose - punishing someone for daring to have and stick to a religious belief that didn’t put his lifestyle on a pedestal to thunderous applause. Puke.

6 posted on 05/18/2013 4:08:48 AM PDT by CarolinaPeach
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To: Rabin

The way to handle this would be to wait until their wedding day and fill the room with crappy wilting flowers. Oops. Sorry. These flowers inexplicably wilted.

7 posted on 05/18/2013 6:20:03 AM PDT by La Lydia
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