The opponents of religious freedom aren't stopping at trying to redefine marriage. In the words of one attorney, recent events indicate they also want to "ruin every aspect" of the lives of those who stand for natural marriage.
Earlier this year, Arlene's Flowers owner Baronnelle Stutzman was found guilty of violating Washington's "anti-discrimination" law by declining to do flower arrangements for a same-sex wedding. Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel Kristen Waggoner represents Stutzman, who has filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court rather than going to an appeals court.
"We also have another update that occurred in that GoFundMe shut down Baronnelle's link on the GoFundMe website saying that she can no longer raise funds to help her pay any judgments and rebuild her life after the case if she doesn't prevail," Waggoner explains.
That move by the popular crowdfunding website follows similar action it took last week after homosexual activists complained about a fundraising campaign for Christian bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein. That particular web page raised more than $109,000 in less than eight hours.
Waggoner says it's apparently not enough for opponents of freedom to redefine marriage or to punish opponents of same-sex "marriage."
"But they are really trying to ruin every aspect of the lives of those who disagree," she says, "and that includes denying them a living, denying them the ability to feed their families – and now [denying them] the opportunity to raise money to pay the so-called 'victims.' This is particularly vindictive and hateful behavior."
Waggoner says while multibillion-dollar corporations – and GoFundMe – are insistent on living out their beliefs about marriage, they are denying that same benefit for Christians who support traditional marriage.
According to The Christian Post, a London-based crowdfunding website says it wouldn't have made the same decision GoFundMe made about Stutzman's campaign. GoGetFunding says in a statement that it has followed the Christian florist's case.
"Whilst they [Arlene's Flowers] have broken the law, we don't view the crime as a heinous, violent or sexual crime, and believe that they should be entitled to raise money from those who support their cause and/moral position."
GoFundMe said it based its decision on a policy that prohibits raising funds "in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts." But Frontpage Magazine revealed on Sunday that GoFundMe is inconsistent its application of that policy – citing separate fundraisers for a convicted murderer, a convicted drug dealer, and a convicted child molester.