Tomorrow (Tue, Nov 15) the Washington State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers. Please show your support for Barronelle on social media with the below images.
Barronelle Stutzman, a 72 year old grandmother and florist in Washington state, served her longtime friend and customer Rob Ingersoll – and his partner – for over ten years. When Rob requested flowers for his same-sex wedding ceremony, however, Barronelle did not feel comfortable participating in and designing custom floral arrangements for the wedding because of her faith’s teachings about marriage. Instead, Barronelle referred Rob to three other florists. Rob told Barronelle that he understood, they hugged and he left.
But for simply exercising her constitutionally protected freedoms, the Washington State Attorney General and the ACLU sued her and are now seeking to force her to participate in such events against her will. She stands to lose everything she owns.
The US Constitution protects both the freedom to believe and the freedom to express those beliefs. No one should be punished by the government for peacefully living and working consistent with her beliefs.
Barronelle also helped us in Florida recently with our ongoing battle to fight the Jacksonville Human Rights Ordinance (HRO) by coming to Jacksonville and testifying before the City Commission. The HRO in Jacksonville is just like the ordinance that is hammering Barronelle in Washington. These statutes are anti-liberty schemes being promoted all across American and must be stopped. The photos to the left are from Barronelle’s visit to Jacksonville. Let’s now help her.
Please join us in standing with Barronelle by changing your Facebook Profile Picture or Cover Photo to the graphics below #JusticeForBarronelle. When you change your Profile Pic, please consider encouraging your friends and family to change their Profile Pic too. Use the hashtag #JusticeforBarronelle on social media. Share your profile pic with the following message:
Change your profile picture to stand with Barronelle! Barronelle Stutzman, a 72 year old grandmother and florist in Washinton State, served her longtime friend and customer Rob Ingersoll – and his partner – for over ten years. Because of her faith’s teachings about marriage, Barronelle referred Rob to three other florists because she could not participate in and design custom floral arrangements for his same sex wedding ceremony. Rob told Barronelle that he understood, they hugged, and he left. But for simply exercising her constitutionally protected freedoms, the WA State Attorney General and the ACLU sued her and are seeking to force her to participate in an event against her will. She stands to lose everything she owns. The Constitution protects both the freedom to believe and the freedom to express those beliefs. No one should be punished by the government for peacefully living and working consistent with her beliefs. That’s why I seek #JusticeforBarronelle.
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You can also join in the social media conversation by using the sample memes above and tweets below to post on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Gov’t should protect freedom, not threaten it. What they’re doing to this grandmother is wrong bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
If the gov’t can do this to a 73-year-old grandmother, they can do it to you! bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
Barronelle served Rob for 10 years and would do so today. Gov’t says that’s not good enough bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
I stand with Barronelle. Washington State Supreme Court 11/15/16 bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
Americans don’t abandon their freedom when they open a creative business bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
Tolerance is a two-way street. bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
Freedom is on trial in Washington State today. Pray for Barronelle bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
No one should have to choose between freedom and making a living. Washington’s govt disagrees bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
Barronelle stands to lose everything for declining to promote the state-approved meaning of marriage. bit.ly/2eWwVSh #JusticeForBarronelle
Thank you for standing with this grandmother whom the government is trying to force to participate in an event that violates her faith.
Watch the Washinton Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Barronelle’s case tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST/11 a.m. CST here.
President and General Counsel
Florida Family Policy Council