Woman Gets Sued For Not Serving Gay Wedding; Here’s What The Judge Decided

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We have seen the unfolding story of grandmother and florist – Baronelle Stutzman – and her battle with same-sex marriage bullies.  But now a judge has made an incredible radical ruling in the case.  PA Family.org reports:

A judge has declared summary judgment against Barronelle Stutzman – the owner of Arlene’s Flowers that was sued by both the state of Washington and two men over not providing flowers for a same-sex wedding ceremony. Without even going to trial, the court ordered that both the state of Washington and the same-sex couple can collect damages and attorney’s fees against both her business assets and her personal home and savings.


That’s right, the Christian grandmother was found guilty of discrimination simply for refusing to participate in the same-sex wedding ceremony of two men.  On top of that, incredibly this ruling came without even a trial on the matter.  Alliance Defending Freedom provides details:

In State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom ruled on Jan. 7 that Stutzman was personally liable for the claims against her, placing both her personal and professional livelihood in jeopardy. Ekstrom then granted summary judgment Wednesday against both Stutzman and her business; therefore, the case will not proceed to trial.

This is incredible that in the United States of America a sitting judge has the arrogance to deny a party in a legal case the right of a trial – a clear violation of the U.S. Constitution!

But, above and beyond this judicial tyranny is the fact that the judge ordered that not just the assets of Stutzman’s business may be taken as punitive damages, but also her personal assets; which includes her home!

ADF explains the judge’s twisted rationale:

Ekstrom accepted Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s argument that Stutzman violated the state’s Law Against Discrimination and its Consumer Protection Act for acting consistent with her Christian faith. Ekstrom concluded that Stutzman must provide full wedding support for same-sex ceremonies, including custom design work to decorate the ceremony, delivery to the forum, staying at the ceremony to touch up arrangements, and assisting the wedding party.

Stutzman’s Constitutional rights have been brutalized in many ways by this ruling.  PA Family.org reports her attorney’s reaction:

“The message of these rulings is unmistakable: the government will bring about your personal and professional ruin if you don’t help celebrate same-sex marriage,” said her attorney Kristen Waggoner.

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The radical gay rights movement has chosen to use the courts to further their agenda since they have had little success with legislatures adopting their faux civil rights arguments to justify particular sexual behavior. 

Groups like the ACLU have only been too willing to shop around for sympathetic judges that would be inclined to rule in their favor.  This is what has happened here in Washington state.

But, it is far from over as ADF declares:

ADF attorneys will appeal the rulings.

“A government that tells you what you can’t say is bad enough, but a government that tells you what you must say is terrifying,” Waggoner explained. “The lesson from the court’s decisions is that you put your home, your family business, and your life savings at risk by daring to defy a government mandate that forces you to promote views you believe are wrong.”


This kind of judicial tyranny must be stopped if America is to survive.  No one’s rights may be trampled even and especially if their beliefs don’t match the current onslaught of “political correctness” dominating the judiciary!

As Baronelle states according to PAFamily.org:

I just want the freedom to live and work faithfully and according to what God says about marriage without fear of punishment. Others have the freedom to say or not say what they want to about marriage, and that’s all I’m asking for as well.”

Shouldn’t she have this right as an American citizen?  Or, do only certain groups’ rights now matter in America?



Russ Hepler

About Russ Hepler

Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author and conference speaker with over 30 years’ experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition and president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day.

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