Would you be this brave? Florist stands to lose everything over gay wedding refusal

A Washington state florist says she is fighting for her financial survival against an onslaught from an attorney general bent on destroying her because she refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding.

Barronelle Stutzman, who stands to lose not only her business but her home and other personal property gave her side of the story on Fox News’ “The Kelly File.”

Stutzman, who owns Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, refused a deal from the attorney general’s office that would have let her off with a $2,000 fine and a promise to not discriminate against same sex weddings in the future.

The AG’s offer followed a judge’s decision that ruled her refusal of service to the gay couple was in violation of the law.

“It was very difficult to tell him that I couldn’t do his wedding. I love Rob. He’s very special to me,” she said. “But because of my relationship with Jesus Christ, which teaches me that marriage is between a man and a woman, I couldn’t do his flowers and create something that was special for him because it would dishonor Christ.

“It’s not about the money. It’s about freedom,” Stutzman added.

“It’s about my eight kids and our 23 grandchildren and the future and now,” she said. “There’s not a price on freedom. You can’t buy my freedom. It’s me now but tomorrow it’s going to be you. You got to wake up.”

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