Florist Tells Longtime Gay Customer That Jesus Won't Let Her Do His Wedding

The man's story gained traction on Facebook and led to blowback for the Richland, Washington florist.

BY Lucas Grindley

March 06 2013 2:10 PM ET

Robert Ingersoll, Barronelle Stuzman

A newly engaged man in Washington, where marriage equality is now law, just discovered his longtime florist refuses to supply flowers for his wedding.

The owner of Arlene's Flowers, Barronelle Stuzman, remembers how she broke the news to Robert Ingersoll, her customer of more than nine years. "I just took his hands, and I said, I'm sorry, I can't do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ," she told NBC's KNDU News.

Stuzman says some customers have refused to use her Richland, Washington shop in the future, while still others have thanked her and pledged to shop.

Watch the KNDU interview with both Ingersoll and Stuzman below.

NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

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