Florist Who Refused Gay Couple Briefs Kansas Lawmakers
Associated Press - February 17, 2016 1:02 pm
Democrats are hoping to channel voter discontent into an upset as they pick their nominee Saturday for a south central Kansas congressional seat held for more than two decades by Republicans, but vacated when Mike Pompeo became President Donald Trump's CIA director.
A Washington state florist who was sued for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding has testified before a Kansas House committee in support of additional legal protections for people like her.
Barronelle Stutzman told the Federal and State Affairs Committee on Wednesday that she objected to providing the flowers because she believes “marriage is between a man and a woman.”
The committee isn’t considering specific legislation but has debated religious objections measures previously.
Kellie Fiedorek, an attorney with the Alliance Defending Freedom, says the national group that’s focused on religious freedom issues is representing several defendants in similar lawsuits throughout the country.
Thomas Witt of the gay rights group Equality Kansas argued after the briefing that it was a “one-sided attack” because opponents were not invited to speak.