Barronelle Stutzman is the last person you would ever expect to be at the center of a legal firestorm. But in 2013, that is where this kind and gentle grandmother found herself, after she made a simple decision to follow her conscience.
You see, after Washington State legalized same-sex marriage in 2012, a long-time friend and customer of Barronelle’s asked her to prepare the floral arrangements for his same-sex wedding. But Barronelle couldn’t. Because of her commitment to biblical truth and God’s plan for marriage, she knew she had to decline.
In a truly free society, no one would have tried to force her to participate. But that’s not how the state attorney general saw things.
Even though Barronelle had referred her client to several other florists that she knew would do a good job for the wedding, the attorney general filed a lawsuit against her.
She became the target of hateful letters, phone calls, emails, and even death threats. Then the ACLU also stepped in to file a suit of its own.
ADF has pledged to defend Barronelle all the way to the United States Supreme Court. And now that the Washington Supreme Court has ruled against her, she is down to her last appeal.
We’ve been here before. Our attorneys have made important contributions to 49 victories at the Supreme Court of the United States since 1994. Some of those cases had lost at every other level.
But in order to win at the U.S. Supreme Court, we will need to be absolutely steadfast and unmovable.
The ACLU recently raised $24 million in a single weekend in response to the change in our political climate. But we know that a great deal of their money is spent to bully and silence Christians who refuse to join in their celebration of the claimed redefinition of marriage.
We must stop them now. Together we can stand up to the ACLU. But this takes resources. Cases before the U.S. Supreme Court require a lot of time and money.
Please help continue the fight for Barronelle with your gift to be doubled today!