Baronelle Stutzman, the Washington State florist who made a faithful decision to decline to participate in a same-sex wedding penned an op-ed in the Washington Post yesterday. Her story underscores intricate ties between a belief system and expression:
Every person in the creative professions regularly has to make decisions about where they lend their artistic talents and which events they will participate in. For me, it’s never about the person who walks into the shop, but about the message I’m communicating when someone asks me to “say it with flowers.”
The Freedom of Religion and Freedom of Expression are protections against the coercive force of government.
I was raised Christian. In my religious tradition, marriage is a sacred religious ceremony between a man, a woman and Christ. It’s a covenant with the church. To participate in a wedding that violates those principles violates the core of my faith.
Our government is supposed to protect our First Amendment rights — freedom of religion and expression. But the government is telling me I can only be a faithful Christian within the four walls of my church. That’s impossible and it’s unjust. What would Rob and Curt say if the government told them they could only be who they are in their own homes?
The liberal movement to normalize same-sex marriage is plainly an effort in coercion. Groups like the Human Rights Campaign and their supporters in the business community are working to force their agenda on the country through bullying tactics and the courts even though the voters have shown strong opposition to same-sex marriage through history.
The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed an appeal on behalf of Stutzman and is raising money for her legal fight. Conservatives can fight back by contributing to Stutzman’s defense and holding companies accountable when they support this radical agenda.
To read Stutzman’s op-ed in its entirety click here.
To see 2nd Vote’s Marriage Values page click here.