Flowers, Force, and Freedom

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By now you’ve probably heard of Barronelle Stutzman. She’s the florist who was peacefully going about her daily life until a situation arose that catapulted her into the national spotlight. Barronelle is, in a way, the citizen so many strive to be. She’s a responsible business owner, caring, and kind. She’s unassuming, but don’t mistake that for weakness. Barronelle won’t cave. Barronelle is being sued by two gay men who had been her customers for nearly ten years. Barronelle declined to participate in their “marriage” ceremony by providing flowers, and now she finds herself on the verge of losing everything. What ever happened to “live and let live?” It seems, if that really ever was the goal and not a facade, it’s morphed into approve, accept, participate.

Read Barronelle’s story here


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