“If you’re against gay marriage, then don’t get gay married.”
There’s a good chance readers have heard that response to bigots from the marriage equality crowd, and for good reason, as that’s where the matter should end for anyone.
But conservatives, and even some backwards, uptight liberals, aren’t merely against gay marriage personally, they’re against other people’s gay marriage, as well. They’re against the concept of gay marriage, and thus through flimsy public campaigns, they discriminate while almost certainly simultaneously using services and products created by the LGBT community (not to mention atheists) every day, never even remotely aware of their cherry-picking hypocrisy.
Nonetheless, Richland, Washington, florist Barronelle Stutzman was fined $1,000 for stubbornly refusing service to a same-sex couple for their wedding. You can see a short, supportive propaganda video of Stutzman posted by the Alliance Defending Freedom on YouTube, which is a conservative Christian non-profit organization that, according to their website, “advocates for the right of people to freely live out their faith.”
Forget that “America The Beautiful” was written by a lesbian. Stutzman is not content to merely refrain from a same-sex marriage, herself. No, she must press her personal choices onto the rest of the world through a twisted, misguided sense of moral superiority, as well. After all, she has this book that tells her what’s what, right?
For her “courageous” “sacrifice,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the eastern Washington septuagenarian also faces a “consumer-protection lawsuit.”
But as luck would have it, it turns out hate pays.
According to The Seattle Times, almost half of the money Stutzman has gained so far has been picked up in the last few days, though. It seems her campaign, created back in February, may be getting a fresh insurgence of support on the coattails of the Memories Pizza success.
It’s always interesting to see in the dirty, sell-anything world of capitalism when Jesus and morals win, isn’t it? Yes, you too can hate and get paid!
Stutzman was fined by the Benton County Superior Court last month for refusing service to a same-sex couple two years ago, claiming her Southern Baptist beliefs prohibited her from doing so. She is the owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts.
So what’s the moral of this story, and is it anything remotely “Christian?”