The Washington State Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments tomorrow in the Barronelle Stutzman case, State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers. Barronelle Stutzman, a 72-year-old grandmother and florist, provided flowers for ten years to her longtime friend and customer Rob Ingersoll and his partner. When the two men decided to marry, Barronelle referred Rob to three other florists who could help them with flowers for their wedding ceremony. Because of her faith’s teachings about marriage, Barronelle did not feel she could participate in and design floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding ceremony. Rob told Barronelle that he understood, they hugged, and he left.
However, for simply exercising her constitutionally-protected freedoms, the Washington State Attorney General and the ACLU sued her and are seeking to force Barronelle to participate in same-sex marriage events against her will or face penalties and fines that could cause her to lose everything she owns. The U.S. Constitution protects Freedom of Religion and the freedom to live consistently within those beliefs. And as such, no one should be punished by the government for this.
Please join us in standing with Barronelle by sharing her story on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media venues. Feel free to right-click on the picture in this email and use it along with your posts. Please use the hashtag #JusticeforBarronelle.
If you would like to watch the proceedings, you can do that here at the Washington State Supreme Court website. It is scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. PST/Noon EST Tuesday morning, November 15.
And please pray tomorrow! Religious Freedom is for all of us!