Florist denies gay couple wedding flowers

Dead rosesBY ZACK FORD
ThinkProgress

A gay Washington couple has been denied flowers for the wedding by their longtime florist. Rob Ingersoll and his partner have been using the same florist, Barronelle Stuzman of Arlene’s Flowers, in their home of Richland, Washington for years, but now that they are engaged to be wed, Stuzman says she can’t do the wedding. Her explanation for denying them service was her “relationship with Jesus Christ,” as she explained to NBC “Right Now” (KNDO).

Though he was extremely hurt by her rejection, Ingersoll expressed his regret for posting about it because he does say he respects her right to her views. Numerous attorneys have reached out to him because she blatantly violated Washington’s laws protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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