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  • Court signals religious freedom victory for artist

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, August 03, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    MADISON, Wisc. (BP) -- A self-employed evangelical Christian photographer can reject job requests based on her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage, a Wisconsin county court and government officials have agreed.

    Judge Richard Niess of the Dane County Circuit Court agreed Monday (Aug. 1) to sign an order within coming weeks signifying that city and state public accommodation laws do not apply to photographer and blogger Amy Lynn Lawson, the sole owner of Amy Lynn Photography Studio in Madison, the Wisconsin State Journal reported. Lawson works on commission and does not have a physical storefront. Read More

  • Florist who refused gay wedding gets appeal

    by Diana Chandler, posted Monday, March 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    OLYMPIA, Wash. (BP) -- The highest court in Washington state has agreed to hear the appeal of florist Barronelle Stutzman found guilty of violating state laws and the constitutional rights of a gay couple when she refused to arrange flowers for their wedding, citing religious beliefs.

    The Washington Supreme Court will hear the appeal of Stutzman, a 70-year-old Southern Baptist grandmother who owns Arlene's Flowers in Richmond, possibly as early as its spring 2016 session beginning in May, according to the court's official website. Read More

  • 'I would hug him,' says florist of gay accuser

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, March 03, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    RICHLAND, Wash. (BP) -- A Southern Baptist florist does not regret her nine-year friendship with a homosexual man who won a lawsuit against her after she refused to design floral arrangements for his gay wedding, she told Baptist Press.

    "If Rob [Robert Ingersoll] walked in the store today, I would hug him and catch up on his life," Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash., told BP. "The same faith that tells me that I can't be a part of Rob's wedding is the same faith that tells me to love him as Christ does. Read More

  • Court rules against florist for refusing gay wedding

    by Staff, posted Thursday, February 19, 2015 (3 years ago)

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    KENNEWICK, Wash. (BP) -- The Alliance Defending Freedom will appeal a Washington state judge's ruling against a 70-year-old Christian florist and grandmother who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

    Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash., violated a gay couple's constitutional rights and state laws, according to Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom, when Stutzman refused to provide flowers for the couple. Read More