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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

July 6, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Legal proceedings between florist and gay couple continue

Florist should follow law, compassion, not religious doctrine

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]

Everyone is aware of the florist who refused to serve a same-sex couple because of her relationship with Jesus Christ. [“Florist seeks fourth recusal,” NW Friday, June 28.]

I fail to see the connection. Tina Turner has a song, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” and so I say, “What’s Jesus Christ Got to Do with It?”

I am a heterosexual male, so I have no dog in this fight. I simply try to maintain an open mind and be tolerant, compassionate and loving to people of all walks of life — just as Jesus of Nazareth did in his times as an example for all of us.

The law of the land here is the Constitution, not a religious text of one faith.

David Gooding, Normandy Park

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