Jesus Says No To Flowers. Florist Refuses Washington Gay Wedding Job Because Of Religion

Posted on Mar 7 2013 - 5:32pm by Funky Dineva


Complete Devastation To The Nation

I don’t know whether to laugh or be upset about this story. I’m over here chuckling because the whole thing is kind of silly to me. This guy in Richland, Washington has had a 9 year standing relationship with his lover and his florist. This same guy would order bouquets of flowers from the florist addressed to his lover. The florist would fill the order, and knowingly deliver the flowers to the lover. Yet, when the couple got engaged and wanted the florist to serve as the flower vendor for the wedding , she grabbed the gentleman’s hand and politely said ” I’m sorry, I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ”

Chile, I would have cussed her a** out an told her ” you could do my courtship, but you can’t do my wedding? B!tch it’s because of you and these damn flowers that we fell in love and are getting married in the first place.” LOL Catch these T’s


Huffington Post:

For nearly a decade, Robert Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed, had bought bouquets from local business Arlene’s Flower Shop, owned by Barronelle Stutzman, reports the Tri-City Herald. So it was Stutzman the men sought out when they recently decided to get married. (Same-sex weddings became legal in Washington State in December 2012.)

But when Ingersoll asked Stutzman last Friday to arrange the flowers for his September nuptials, he got a shock.

“He said he decided to get married, and before he got through I grabbed his hand and said, ‘I am sorry. I can’t do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’” Stutzman told KEPR. This is the only wedding Stutzman has turned down in 37 years.

“It really hurt because it was somebody I knew,” Ingersoll told the Herald. “We laid awake all night Saturday. It was eating at our souls. There was never a question she’d be the one to do our flowers. She does amazing work.”

The couple decided to take the issue to Facebook, where reactions were heated — but mixed, according to NBC affiliate KNDO 23. Some people countered that Stutzman doesn’t have the right to refuse a gay couple, others applauded her for sticking up for her values and a few threatened violence against her little shop.

KNDO 23 points out that the florist’s actions may indeed violate the state’s freedom from discrimination law. RCW 49.60.030 stipulates that Washington State citizens have the “right to engage in credit transactions without discrimination.”

NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

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  3. Tiara Ellison via Facebook March 10, 2013 at 10:41 am - Reply

    she will be shuting down real soon smh

  4. SHEnotbySheree March 9, 2013 at 5:43 pm - Reply

    That’s her dumb ass missing out on all that money cause y’all know the gays don’t half step especially when it’s a wedding hunty!! Shoooot I wish I could be their florist okaaay *Dineva voice*

  5. air23 March 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    It is so comical to see people support “gays”, “women”, “minorities”, “99%ers”, and the list goes on, and cry when these “associations” have their feelings hurt by a woman that sticks to her beliefs about gay marriage. Shouldn’t her opinions and views be respected the same way that gays want to be respected?

    Then to top it off, I love the bashing on Christianity and Jesus. To the posters that suggest that Christianity is anything other than a principal based on love (which, by the way, 99% of Christians live their life by), shame on you. You instantly lose all credibility, for the exact same reason that I would if I viewed every gay person as a flamboyant feather clad participant in the san fran gay pride parade. This shop owner drew a line in the sand. It doesn’t mean that she did not respect her customer and friend, she simply doesn’t agree with the step of marriage. Respect her for that, or lose all respect for the causes that you want respected.

  6. Hodge March 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Yeah she has the right to refuse service but its extremely hypocritical that for years she would be accept their money and give them flowers but when it came to a wedding her relationship with jesus Christ suddenly won’t allow her. Hasn’t she done weddings for formerly divorced people or those who have committed adultery by having sex before marriage. You can’t pick and choose make a frickin’ choice!!!!

  7. Ashley K March 8, 2013 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Civil Rights were created for blacks!!!!!!!! Being gay is a choice!!! Why should gay people have civil rights! They are not nearly as discriminated against as blacks were and still are being!

    • VoiceofReason March 8, 2013 at 12:50 pm - Reply

      Neither being black nor gay is a choice. I guess we choose to be discriminated and mistreated and/or subject to disparate treatment. If that florist’s relationship with Christ was so important than why continuously take his money? He don’t need her flowers, there will be plenty of florists to give him what he wants. The sad this is that he thought he had a friend. He now knows he does not.

  8. Loving Some Dineva March 8, 2013 at 9:01 am - Reply

    They have the right to serve and not serve whom ever they like. I went to a small town in Omaha for three months. There was a guy there who came out of prison for having sex with young boys. He came out of jail and none of the businesses would give him service. Stores and shops pretty muched kicked him out as soon as he walked in. He lucky fast food chains cant refuse service or he would starve.

  9. Tasha Thompson via Facebook March 8, 2013 at 1:02 am - Reply

    they do have the right to refuse service…

  10. Billie Blare via Facebook March 8, 2013 at 12:04 am - Reply

    So we wud be ok if a florist didn’t wanna serve black people. Ummmmm??? Civil rights are civil rights and you can’t be selective with who you give them to. They are rights not gifts. Christians kill me!!!

    • jim March 10, 2013 at 9:39 am - Reply

      Christian people can be the worst!!!

  11. ButtaPT March 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    Rlly? All this about gayness and flowers? I like gays and all but I am sick and da*n tired of the whining. If she didn’t want to do the flowers for’s simple..find another shop! Im really not going to judge her reason for not doing their wedding. So what she provided service previously, maybe she didn’t know exactly what it was for. All I know is lately these days..ppl are becoming more trifling..every time someone is against something gay..they absolutely lose it. Everybody is not goin to accept you..just like some races don’t get accepted for things. Just shut up already:)

    • Robert March 8, 2013 at 11:27 am - Reply

      If this florist refused service because of race, this would have blown up like crazy and Jesse Jackson, Shelia Jackson Lee and everybody would have dropped a house on this business owner. I am also sick and tired of any “minority” having the nerve to discriminate and be a bigot towards another. How can you sit there and type such judgments when I am 100% sure you have been discriminated against? How can anyone allow such hatred when they have experienced it themselves, first hand? Civil Rights are human rights plain and simple. Latinos marched in Selma sweeties and so did gay people. Many people forget that different types of people marched and fought for rights they now enjoy. Many of those people that fought for your rights, still don’t have all of their rights… The fight is never over and we should all be united in civil rights as human rights.

  12. Mookey Zulu via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    All money tendered for services is “GREEN”. Religion has nothing to do with selling flowers! How does this man know if any one walking into the shop at any given time is gay or straight or purchasing flowers to give to their same sex partner? The answer is he doesn’t so shame on him for this. I would assume he wouldn’t supply flowers to a gay person’s funeral, or would that fit in with his religion? I tell you as a Christian myself I am so disappointed with so many people who simply are not behaving in a Christlike manor!! A lot of Christians who hate gays are projecting their own feelings, if you hate anyone that’s against your religion! Whatever happened to God accepting people “as they are”?

  13. Joeneyce Cunningham via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    If she doesn’t give you the service, go where you’re welcome. Why all the unnecessary name calling? No one on this thread is perfect. None!

  14. Angele Harrison via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm - Reply

    Unless she is breaking a law, a business owner can refuse to serve a customer. Okay, fine. But my issue is the hypocricy. If for years she sent flowers from one man to another she is supporting a relationship that is contrary to her relationship with Jesus Christ. If she is saying that homosexuality is a sin, it’s a sin every day, not just on the wedding day and every day after that. I would never patronize that shop again and would start a campaign to ensure no one else that I knew would patronize her again. She does not appreciate her customers and refuses to serve their needs.

  15. Baddie❤Neisha March 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I support the gay community I have dabbled with females lol and my best friend in this world is a flamboyant queen however being a Christian means following the teachings of Christ the religion does not condone “sin” and the bible does refer to homosexuality as an abomination you cannot choose only parts of an religion to follow. Like most Christians I think this florist is a hypocrite.

    • VoiceofReason March 8, 2013 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Jesus went on that cross for all of our sins. We ALL fall short. There are no degrees to sin. You think homosexual fornication is more of a sin than heterosexual fornication? It is not. Be careful of judgments and pronouncements. The ruler you use to measure someone else is the same that will be used to measure you.

  16. Eric Jones via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    You know what pisses me off about this more than anything? How many alcoholics have they done flowers for? How many drug addicted people have they done flowers for? How many abusers have they done flowers for? It makes them feel ok to discriminate to people who are openly opposed to their values, but if they dont know about it, its ok? These people make me sick with their selective value system, they are about as stupid and archaic as the beliefs they follow.

  17. AnJaayla Socialite via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    I mean I can see both arguments. But if someone doesn’t desire to provide you service allow someone who will!

  18. Latoya Jenkins via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    She has all right to stay true to her religion. Just like gays have everyright to be gay. People should respect one another.

  19. Nina March 7, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    I can’t believe folk say they love Christ but treat people so bad. Folk will be so surprised when they get to heaven & see who God let in & who he kept out & I PROMISE most of these so called CHRISTians will NOT be in heaven.

  20. Cheryl Stewart via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    find another flower shop, why so thirsty for this particular one??!!

  21. Robert Quarles via Facebook March 7, 2013 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Lord knows I support equal rights, for goodness sakes i’m a huge FD Fan. In 2013 we know how these Babbitt ass Christians are… I’m just no longer surprised. They’ll get what’s coming to them on the back end.

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