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Florist Who Refused Gay Couple Briefs Kansas Lawmakers

Associated Press - February 17, 2016 1:02 pm

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.

Larry Elmquist

February 18, 2016 at 8:32 am

Will the Legislature be receiving counsel from anyone on the social theory of “treating others as you would want to be treated?”, or is that too much of a stretch?

Doug Clemens

February 18, 2016 at 12:14 pm

A business should be able to sell or offer service to whom they wish. No different then No shoes, No shirt No service.

Larry Elmquist

February 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm

The principle of businesses discriminating against public segments left the station in 1957 with the lunch counter protests.

Doug Clemens

February 19, 2016 at 1:20 am

So the No shoes, No shirt No service rule applies to everyone but blacks?

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