It is encouraging to see Americans stand up to support people of faith who have the courage to defend marriage in the public square:
A Washington florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding and was subsequently fined by a state court after she cited her Christian belief in traditional marriage as her reason for not participating in a gay marriage ceremony, has garnered over $102,000 in donations from supporters who've contributed to her on a crowd funding page.
Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers, has received donations from people across the nation thanks to a gofundme.com page set up in February. Her story received attention when she refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding. Stutzman was fined $1,001 in March for her refusal to serve the couple. She said that she would continue to practice her religious beliefs, as was her right.
The crowdfunding page supporting Stutzman has now passed $150,000!
This comes on the heels of over $840,000 in contributions flooding into Indiana to support the owners of Memories Pizza. After speaking out that they would turn down a hypothetical same-sex ‘wedding’ because it violates their religious beliefs, Memories Pizza was viciously attacked by same-sex marriage advocates.
With American liberties are under attack, the support being shown by the American people for these individuals is a testimony to the moral conscious and courage of our nation.
We hope that all those who contributed to support these courageous individuals will join us in Washington, D.C. on April 25th to participate in the 2015 March for Marriage. (Remember that you can also show your support by participating in the virtual march!)