Conservatives Raise Lots of Cash for Florist Who Refuses to Do Gay Weddings
Supporters of Barronelle Stutzman, a 70-year-old florist in Richland, Washington, have donated more than $94,000 to a GoFundMe campaign that seeks “to protect Barronelle and her livelihood.”If $1,001 is enough to bankrupt her and wreck her business, perhaps she should be a little less selective in her customers. Of course, tea party maven Dana Loesch is behind this fundraiser, because if anybody can spot a potential opportunity to raise a shit-ton of money from bigoted troglodytes, its Loesch. In fact, Stutzman might just want her legal team to make sure that all those funds raised find their way to her.
Stutzman, a Christian, refused to sell flowers for the 2013 wedding of longtime customers Robert Ingersoll and his partner, Curt Freed, for religious reasons. […]
Last month, a judge ruled that Stutzman's refusal to sell flowers to Ingersoll and Freed violated the Washington Law Against Discrimination, which makes bias based on sexual orientation illegal. She was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, plus $1 for court costs and fees.
Following the ruling, Stutzman's legal team said that the fine, together with additional penalties and fees, would "financially devastate Barronelle's business and personal assets."