Wash. floral artist’s home, savings still at risk after court judgment
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Kristen Waggoner regarding a court judgment issued Friday in State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers that awards penalties and fees to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in his lawsuit against floral artist Barronelle Stutzman and her business:
“Today’s judgment affirms the court’s earlier decision that Barronelle must pay a penalty for her faith and surrender her freedom and conscience. The penalty and fees imposed today are only the first punch. The ACLU, on behalf of the same-sex couple also suing Barronelle, has asked the court to award them penalties, fees, and costs, which will financially devastate Barronelle’s business and personal assets – including taking this 70-year old grandmother’s retirement and personal savings. The message sent by the attorney general and the ACLU to the people of Washington is quite clear: surrender your religious liberty and free speech rights, or face personal and professional ruin.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization that advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.
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