Stutzman will get day in court in WA

Monday, March 7, 2016
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Charlie Butts, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Stutzman, Barronelle (Arlene's Flowers)An embattled florist who refused to provide flowers for a homosexual "wedding" will have yet another day in court.

Barronelle Stutzman, who owns Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington, gained national attention in 2013 when she was sued for refusing to create a bouquet for a longtime customer and his fiancee. 

Now, the Washington Supreme Court has agreed to hear her case.

Stutzman's attorney is Kristen Waggoner of Alliance Defending Freedom, who says her client was being coerced to engage in an activity she opposes on religious grounds.

"And that's against America's tradition and it's unconstitutional," the attorney tells OneNewsNow.


OneNewsNow reported last year that the ACLU and Washington's attorney general were suing Stutzman, and a lower court ruled against her last month. 

The 70-year-old florist has said she politely told longtime customer Rob Ingersoll she had to turn down his request because she opposed same-sex marriage. Ingersoll, represented by the ACLU, filed suit. 

According to the Baptist Press, Stutzman was told by the court she must "provide full wedding support for same-sex ceremonies, including the custom design of ceremony decorations, delivery to the wedding venue, attending the ceremony to touch up arrangements and assisting the wedding party."

Stutzman recounted her story last fall at the Values Voter Summit, where she said she loves Ingersoll even though she could lose her home and business if his lawsuit succeeds. 

If Ingersoll can force Stutzman to create a floral arrangment against her will, she said, "then I have no right to disagree." 

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