4 Things You Need To Know About Barronelle Stutzman’s Story


Have you noticed that it is more difficult these days to talk about God’s design for marriage and family without causing a national controversy? Whether you are a reality TV star from Louisiana, a CEO of a technology company, a cake baker, a florist, or a Bible-believing Christian working a nine to five, your stance on marriage and family is now apparently headline news.

One of these headlines that you might have scrolled past was about a sweet great-grandmother and florist in Richland, Washington who unwittingly found herself in a legal fire-storm. Barronelle Stutzman’s legal trouble started when she politely declined designing floral arrangements for long-time customer Rob Ingersoll’s same-sex ceremony.

Here’s four things about her story that you need to know:

#1: Barronelle Stutzman knew Rob Ingersoll for nearly ten years. In the news media coverage, Rob Ingersoll and Barronelle Stutzman’s nearly decade long friendship is frequently left out. Rob and Barronelle’s warm, cordial friendship, based on a mutual appreciation for creativity and beauty and flowers, flies in the face of the growing mythology of the hateful, Christian business owner who refuses to serve homosexual customers.

#2: Barronelle Stutzman was targeted by the attorney general of her state. For most Americans, their state attorney general’s office doesn’t factor into their daily lives. Until the Spring of 2013, the same could be said for Barronelle. The Washington state attorney general’s office heard about the story in the media and filed a lawsuit against Barronelle without even receiving a request from Rob Ingersoll or his partner. In an unprecedented way, the Washington state attorney general’s office interpreted a state statute to single out and punish a private citizen.

#3: Barronelle Stutzman is being sued professionally and personally. It wasn’t enough for the attorney general’s office to sue her as the owner of Arlene’s flowers, but he decided to use Barronelle to make a political point. The state of Washington and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are suing Barronelle, not just in her role as a business owner, but also, personally. So, in addition to facing legal trouble with her business, Barronelle’s house and other personal assets are at risk.

#4: Barronelle Stutzman heard about Alliance Defending Freedom through friends. When Barronelle received the first letter from the attorney general’s office, she knew that she would need an attorney, and because she’s like most people, she didn’t have an attorney on speed dial. So a friend told her about Alliance Defending Freedom. She went from being targeted by her state government and completely alone to having several attorneys who are willing and able to defend her right to freely live out her faith.

If you’re reading this, you can be that friend for someone. Watch Barronelle tell her story here, and keep up to date on her legal situation. While you are at it, share her story on Facebook today.

Author: Alliance Defending Freedom