In an ironic twist of events, the Washington state florist who is being punished for refusing to make a floral arrangement for a gay wedding was just named the best florist of 2019 by her local community.
Barronelle Stutzman is the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, a floral shop in Richland, Wash. that has been in business for 42 years.
According to the Tri-City Herald, the flower shop is a community favorite. For the past seven years, the newspaper has been publishing its People’s Choice Awards and Arlene’s Flowers has been named the Best Florist four times.
“I’d like to think our customer service is a big key,” Stutzman told the newspaper.
However, Stutzman was fined for refusing to make a floral arrangement for a gay wedding in 2013. Earlier this month, the Washington state Supreme Court upheld its earlier ruling against her
The case could wind up back in front of the US Supreme Court.
As CBN News reported last year, the US Supreme Court had rejected Washington state’s previous ruling, ordering the state justices to review their decision against Stutzman and consider whether they violated her religious rights.
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