Judge’s Ruling Against Christian Florist Who Refused to Provide Flowers for Gay Wedding Could Have Major Legal and Constitutional Ramifications [Video]

State law and individual rulings do not supersede Constitutional law. This is what is happening in Washington state. A Christian florist knew a gay man for nine years. They were friends and she adores him as a person, but she does not condone his sexual preferences and therefore refused to provide flowers for his wedding. It goes against her Christian faith. Now, this man, who has had over 20 offers of free floral arrangements for his wedding, is suing her in her business and personally for not catering to his wedding and beliefs. If a Muslim or an Atheist were treated this way, the screaming would be heard into eternity. For a Christian though, who is just a wonderful person by all accounts, this is met with attempts to break her and her business financially and in every other way possible.

From TheBlaze:

A judge has ruled that a florist who came under fire after refusing to provide flowers for a gay couple’s wedding can be personally sued and held liable by the Washington state attorney general’s office.

Barronelle Stutzman was first sued by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson in 2013 after her shop, Arlene’s Flowers & Gifts, refused to provide service for a same-sex wedding; she cited her Christian faith as the reason for her decision.

“As attorney general, it is my job to enforce the laws of the state of Washington,” Ferguson said in a statement issued at the beginning of the legal ordeal. “Under the Consumer Protection Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against customers on the basis of sexual orientation.”

But Stutzman has doubled down and refused to provide service to same-sex couples, claiming that she had politely declined service to longtime client Robert Ingersoll in 2012 and that her decision is based on her biblical views.

“I just took his hands and said, ‘I’m sorry. I cannot do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,” she once told reporters.

In the latest move in the ongoing case, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom said in a ruling last week that the state may bring the lawsuit against Stutzman that accuses her of violating the Consumer Protection Act, writing that the law “supports both individual and corporate liability.”

She can also be sued for allegedly violating the Washington Law Against Discrimination.

With her trial set for March 23, the florist could risk personal financial liability and, as the Christian Post reported, “potential loss of her business,” though her attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm, are continuing to fight back in court.

The organization argues that Stutzman did not discriminate against Ingersoll and his partner Curt Freed, as she had served Ingersoll numerous times in the past. Additionally, the firm claims that it is improper to personally hold Stutzman liable.

“Barronelle and numerous others like her around the country have been more than willing to serve any and all customers, but they are not willing to promote any and all messages,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Kristen Waggoner said, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network.

She added, “A government that forces any American to create a message contrary to her own convictions and surrender her livelihood is a government every American should fear.”

In addition to Ferguson’s lawsuit, Stutzman was also sued by the couple in question through their representation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Ferguson is seeking a permanent injunction that would force Stutzman to provide services for same-sex nuptials, the Associated Press reported.

The Washington Attorney General is acting like a fascist and the courts are backing him in his moves. Recently, numerous gay bakeries were asked to cater a traditional Christian marriage and refused. But all you hear are the sounds of crickets. The hate I see on forums against Christians over their beliefs these days is horrific. This is biased law and Americans should fear being forced to cater and align with any belief forced on them by their government. This poor woman’s First Amendment rights are being trampled on and ignored. I guess the Constitution in Washington means next to nothing these days and your rights are irrelevant – unless of course you are gay or the du jour religious philosophy of the moment that is.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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