Arlene’s Flowers Stirs Back-and-Forth On Social Media
By Anna King
Business is bustling at the Richland florist who faces a lawsuit over same-sex marriage. She says she was standing up for her Christian values when she refused to sell flowers for a gay couple’s wedding. Now, the case has become a focal point of intense debate on social media across the globe.
On Arlene’s Flower’s Facebook page, right alongside advertisements for corsages and boutonnieres, there are hundreds of posts for and against same-sex marriage.
Now there’s even a Boycott Arlene’s Flowers Facebook page. It has more than 500 likes. One of the hosts is Mark Nathan Lee of Richland. He says the two court cases brought against Arlene’s owner are now garnering worldwide attention.
Mark Nathan Lee: “ I am constantly getting messages from all over the country and all over the world saying, ‘Oh I grew up there I know what you are dealing with, can I help you?’”
The owner of Alene’s Flowers declined to comment for this story but her lawyer Justin Bristol, compared his client to Rosa Parks, saying: “She’s not going to get out of her seat. She’s got her convictions and ... her beliefs.”
Copyright 2013 Northwest Public Radio
Photo: Arlene's Flowers in Richland, WA. (Anna King photo)
Arlene's Flowers: http://www.arlenesflowers.com/
Arlene's Flowers on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlenes-Flowers/179760432044760
Boycott Arlene's Flowers on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Boycott-Arlenes-Flowers-Richland-WA/574392162579736