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
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.”