A florist in Washington state who was fined $1,000 for refusing to sell flowers for a homosexual wedding and is facing a consumer-protection lawsuit has netted more than $85,000 in a crowdfunding campaign.
The Seattle Times reports that nearly half of the money on the gofundme.com page set up in February for 70-year-old Barronelle Stutzman came in the last several days.
Supporters compare Stutzman’s benefit page to an Indiana pizza shop that raised more than $800,000 after closing when the owner said the shop wouldn’t cater a homosexual wedding if it was asked to do so.
Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, received the fine in Benton County Superior Court in March after refusing to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding in 2013. Stutzman said same-sex weddings go against her Southern Baptist beliefs.
SOURCE: The Associated Press