Grandmother Who Refused to Make Gay Wedding Floral Arrangements Could Lose House, Life Savings After Guilty VerdictPutting florist, grandmother and devout Southern Baptist Barronelle Stutzman out of business was not enough for some Washington state officials. She could lose her home and life savings as well after a Washington superior court judge ruled that she violated the state’s anti-discrimination law because she declined to provide flowers for a same-sex couple’s wedding due to her religious convictions. After Benton County Superior Court Judge ruled on Wednesday that Stutzman violated the law when she refused to provide floral arrangements for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013, the possibility became real that Stutzman can lose her business, home, savings and other personal assets once a summary judgement is reached, according to Stutzman’s lawyer Kristen Waggoner. “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,” Waggoner, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, said in a statement. “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.” Although Stutzman, who is the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, has received thousands of hate letters, insults and threats from LGBT activists who decry her as prejudiced for not providing flowers to Ingersoll and Freed’s wedding, Stutzman willfully served all of Ingersoll’s floral requests for the nine years that Ingersoll came to her shop to buy flowers for Freed.  “She had established a really warm relationship with Rob Ingersoll, who had been in for nine years and come in and spent a good amount of money throughout the years and they had gotten to know each other pretty well,” Waggoner said in a video posted to ADF website. “He has a very creative mind and we just kind of hit it off,” Stutzman admitted. In the video, Stutzman discusses how she prepared many floral arrangements for Ingersoll over the years. She explained that she had no problem making flowers for Ingersoll and Freed to send to one another. But a few months after gay marriage was passed in Washington in 2012, Ingersoll came to the shop and told Stutzman that he was getting married and he wanted her to provide the flowers for the wedding. Stutzman was caught in a tough spot as she did not want to hurt her friend’s feelings and did not want defy her religious convictions that tell her that marriage is only between a man and a woman. MORE