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Christian Florist Fined $1,000 For Discriminating Against Gay Couple (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Barronelle Stutzman was fined $1,000 on March 27 by a judge for discriminating against a gay couple.

Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, refused to provide flowers for the wedding of Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in 2013.

Stutzman told Fox News earlier this year she wouldn't provide the flowers because of her Christian beliefs against gay marriage (video below).

Benton County Superior Judge Alexander Ekstrom gave Stutzman 60 days to pay the $1,000 fine and $1 in court costs and fees, notes The Seattle Times.

Earlier this month, Ekstrom ruled that Stutzman had violated Washington's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws.

Ekstrom also ordered Stutzman and her employees to serve same-sex couples in the same way as any other couple.

In response to the ruling, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said, "My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination. I’m pleased that today’s ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples."

Stutzman's attorney, Kristen Waggoner of the Christian law firm Alliance Defending Freedom, told WorldNet Daily the judge's fine "affirms the court’s earlier decision that Barronelle must pay a penalty for her faith and surrender her freedom and conscience."

The ADF says the ruling will be appealed.

Sources: The Seattle Times, WorldNet Daily, Fox News
Image Credit: Fox News Screenshot

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