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Washington Florist: State, ACLU 'Trying to Bully Me'

By    |   Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 12:53 PM

The Washington state florist who is being sued over her choice not to do the flowers for a gay wedding says that the state is trying to make an example out of her.

"The [Washington state] attorney general and the ACLU are basically telling me I have to comply with their beliefs," Barronelle Stutzman told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Tuesday.

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Stutzman was sued by Washington state in 2013 after telling Rob Ingersoll that she would not make the flowers for his upcoming wedding due to her Christian beliefs, after same-sex marriage became legal in the Evergreen State.

A Washington state judge ruled on Feb. 18 that Stutzman did break the law, saying that while her religious beliefs are protected by the Constitution, discriminatory actions are not. Stutzman is appealing that ruling.

"They're telling me that I have to accept what they're saying or I'm going to lose my business, our personal assets and our retirement," Stutzman told Newsmax.

"They're trying to make me an example, and they're trying to bully me and coerce me into saying that I will do same-sex marriages, which is totally against my relationship with Christ because it teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman," she explained.

According to Stutzman's attorney Kristen Waggoner, who also appeared on the Newsmax TV program, the Washington state florist did business with Ingersoll for 10 years.

"Rob knew that Barronelle was religious and Barronelle knew that he identified himself as homosexual, but they continued to work together," Waggoner said.

"Shortly after Washington state decided to recognize same-sex marriage, Rob came in and asked Barronelle to do his wedding and she agonized over that decision," she said.

"After praying about it, she told him in as kind a way as she could that because of her relationship with Jesus Christ, she could not do his wedding ... They hugged and he left.

"When he left the store, she thought they would remain friends, until the attorney general decided to file a lawsuit against her," Waggoner said.
 

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