Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom decided last week that Barronelle Stutzman violated Washington’s Law Against Discrimination and Consumer Protection Act when she refused to supply flowers to the same sex “marriage” of Robert Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed.
The state subsequently offered a settlement in which Waggoner would only need to pay a $2,000 fine and $1 in legal fees and commit to offering flowers for homosexual and straight weddings, alike, if she continues providing matrimony services, the Daily Mail reported.
Her attorney, Kristen Waggoner, senior counsel of the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative legal firm stated,“The Attorney General has relentlessly pursued her personal and professional ruin because she will not celebrate same-sex marriage. His settlement proposal offered nothing new,” she said. “The attorney general continues to pursue her business and personal assets unless she agrees to stop designing wedding arrangements and providing wedding support services for all weddings.”
Waggoner said that the government continues to send a message that artists like Stutzman will be punished if they do not embrace gay relationships.
“The government’s message is the same: as an artist, you must use your heart, mind, and hands to promote same-sex marriage or you will lose everything,” Waggoner said.
Barronelle Stutzman has refused the officer and will take her case to appeal. Good luck to her, but the progressives have brought tyranny to a new level in our societies and I will be surprised if in the end she is not forced to succumb.