Baronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, refused to sell flowers to Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll for their wedding in 2013.
The florist claims her Christian beliefs will not allow her to sell flowers for a gay wedding.
Stutzman was subsequently taken to court by the State of Washington for allegedly violating consumer protection laws in 2014, noted TowleRoad.
Freed and Ingersoll also sued Stutzman, and they are represented by American Civil Liberties Union.
Alliance Defending Freedom, a Christian-based law firm, represents Stutzman (video below).
According to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner, Stutzman is covered by the First Amendment.
“Barronelle and numerous others like her around the country have been more than willing to serve any and all customers, but they are not willing to promote any and all messages," said Waggoner in a press release. "A government that forces any American to create a message contrary to her own convictions and surrender her livelihood is a government every American should fear.”
CitizenLink.com, Focus on the Family's political arm, reported on Jan. 12 that a judge ruled last week that Stutzman can be held personally liable for choosing not to sell flowers for the same-sex marriage. This clears the way for the lawsuit trial by Freed and Ingersoll in March.