HOPE ARISES For Southern Baptist Florist Persecuted For Her Faith
Hope has risen for a Southern Baptist florist and grandmother who was fined after she refused to violate her conscious by creating a custom floral arrangement for a gay wedding.
According to the Christian Post, grandmother Barronelle Stutzman of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Washington will now have her case heard by the state's supreme court.
Stutzman could also lose her business, her home, and her life savings if she loses a separate case after she was accused of violating Washington's anti-discrimination law. After the gay marriage incident that occurred in 2013, she received thousands of threats and hate letters for sticking to her Christian beliefs.
Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner said, "The lesson from the court's decisions is that you put your home, your family business, and your life at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong. A government that tells you what you can't say is bad enough, but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying."
It's hard to see hate in Stutzman's actions. She still counts the gay couple who frequented her business as friends and helped them find someone else to make their floral arrangements so that she wouldn't have to.