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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

April 22, 2013 at 8:37 AM

Richland florist refuses sale to gay couple

Marriage shouldn’t change eligibility to buy flowers

Rob Ingersoll, left, and Curt Freed pose with their dogs in Kennewick, Wash., on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union in Washington state filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the Kennewick gay couple which was denied service at a flower shop for their upcoming wedding. (AP Photo/Missy Moo Studio, Julie Saraceno, ho)

Rob Ingersoll, left, and Curt Freed pose with their dogs in Kennewick, Wash., on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. The American Civil Liberties Union in Washington state filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the Kennewick gay couple which was denied service at a flower shop for their upcoming wedding. (AP Photo/Missy Moo Studio, Julie Saraceno, ho)

Barronelle Stutzman’s refusal to provide flowers to longtime gay customers for their wedding on the basis of her “relationship with Jesus” is somewhere between laughable and shocking [“How plan for a simple wedding is shaking up lives and the state,” NWFriday, April 19].Apparently, neither she nor Jesus minded when the gay couple bought flowers for a wide variety of occasions, including Valentine’s Day. Given the romantic nature of the day, the gay couple could well have been indulging in activities which Stutzman, based on her “relationship with Jesus,” might have disapproved of.

Yet, she was apparently happy to take their money. So, the question is, why would she think Jesus would approve of her taking money from a gay couple for a celebration in which they would engage in the same activities they would if they were married, but not approve of her taking their money in order to legitimize those same activities in a marital relationship?

One only hopes that it’s Stutzman who is the hypocrite, not Jesus, who, from everything I have read, seems to have been more liberal, compassionate and open-minded than Stutzman. Maybe the next time she talks to him, she can run this by him.

Laura Livingston, Bellingham

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