Christian florist rejects attorney general’s offer, won’t betray her religious beliefs

Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman (Courtesy Barronelle Stutzman)

Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington State florist who declined to provide flowers for a gay wedding is standing her Ground and has rejected a deal by the attorney general’s office that would’ve forced her to betray her religious beliefs – much like Judas betrayed Jesus.  Stutzman wrote in a letter to state Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver,” “That is something I will not do.”  She had offered to settle the case if she paid a $2,000 penalty for violating the Consumer Protection Act, a $1 payment for costs and fees, and agreed not to discriminate in the future. On Feb. 18 a judge ruled Stutzman had violated the law by refusing to provide flowers for the same-sex wedding of a longtime customer. The state had not only gone after the flower shop but also Stutzman personally. Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the religious liberty law firm representing Stutzman, said legal bills could be as high as seven figures. FULL STORY