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July 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Legal proceedings between florist and gay couple continue

Florist’s right to choose should be protected

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers of Richland, cited her relationship with Jesus Christ in declining to provide floral arrangements for the September wedding of two longtime gay customers. Local gay-rights leaders, meanwhile, have been low key in their reaction to the case, even as it has grabbed attention nationally. [Courtesy of KEPRTV]

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers of Richland, cited her relationship with Jesus Christ in declining to provide floral arrangements for the September wedding of two longtime gay customers. Local gay-rights leaders, meanwhile, have been low key in their reaction to the case, even as it has grabbed attention nationally. [Courtesy of KEPRTV]

I am writing this letter in regards to the story about the gay couple who was turned away from their favorite florist due to religious beliefs. [“Florist seeks fourth recusal,” NW Friday, June 28.]

What is this country turning into? Yes, what this business has chosen as its morals is not the popular ideals of our ever-changing country, but it is their freedom of choice to do so.

Limitations on choice seems to be the answer for the people of today, people who think it’s their business to find what is wrong with society and pass laws to “fix” the problems. We pay Superior Court judges $148,832 each year in the state of Washington. That is how much we are paying each of these government employees to tell us if what this florist has chosen to do was legally right or wrong.

What would have been a better choice? Perhaps what the couple did do: tell their family and friends, maybe write a review of the business. From reading the story, you can see a huge show of support for the couple. I’m sure one of the many other florists in the area would welcome the couple’s business.

Choice is what defines a person; choosing right or wrong, good or bad, soda or water. What will we become as a country when we take choice out of the equation, if we reach a fork and continue down the path chosen for us by those long dead and gone?

Mickey Myers, Anacortes

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