Richland florist denies bouquets for gay wedding

Richland florist denies bouquets for gay wedding
RICHLAND, Wash. - Whether you think it's right or wrong, you have an opinion - and a Richland florist is voicing hers. The owner of Arlene's Flowers refused to supply flowers for a gay wedding.

Action News spoke to owner Barronelle Stutzman Tuesday. She told us she stands by her conviction to Christ. Stutzman says it's that spiritual relationship that forced her to deny a repeat customer's request for wedding flowers. She says she didn't feel right having her flowers used for a same-sex wedding.

Hundreds of comments have been posted on the Facebook page for Arlene's Flowers. Stutzman posted herself, explaining the decision.

Despite the heat, Stutzman isn't backing down from her decision -- and understands if people choose not to get bouquets from Arlene's flowers based on that. It's also likely some people will purposely choose to patronize the shop now, based on the same conviction.

Editor's Note: When this story was first published, we said Stutzman is within her legal right to refuse service to anyone. We later learned the state says she is not legally allowed to. Sexual orientation is considered a protected class and you cannot discriminate against a protected class in Washington.