Arlene's Flowers http://kplu.org en Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans http://kplu.org/post/gay-rights-advocates-idaho-bills-would-upend-local-discrimination-bans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities. The new bills are aimed protecting religious people from activities they say violate their beliefs.</span></p><p>Republican Idaho lawmakers are responding to incidents elsewhere in the Northwest. A <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/arlenes-flowers">florist in Richland, Wash., faces lawsuits</a> for refusing to provide the flowers for a same-sex wedding. In Oregon, investigators found a baker in Gresham who made a similar stand violated the state's civil rights laws.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13026 at http://kplu.org Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans Controversial florist sues Wash. state, says she 'will not wilt' http://kplu.org/post/controversial-florist-sues-wash-state-says-she-will-not-wilt <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">The Richland florist who refused to sell flowers for a same sex-couple’s wedding has filed a counter suit.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronnelle Stutzman&nbsp;says she "will not wilt." She argues there are plenty of other shops in the Tri-Cities that could cater to a gay or lesbian wedding.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 19:55:59 +0000 Anna King 8819 at http://kplu.org Controversial florist sues Wash. state, says she 'will not wilt' Controversial florist stirs back-and-forth on social media http://kplu.org/post/controversial-florist-stirs-back-and-forth-social-media <p></p><p><span style="font-size: 12px; line-height: 18px;">Business is bustling at the Richland florist who faces a lawsuit over same-sex marriage. The florist 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.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; vertical-align: baseline; line-height: 18px;">On <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Arlenes-Flowers/179760432044760" target="_blank">Arlene’s Flowers' Facebook page</a>, right alongside advertisements for corsages and boutonnieres, there are hundreds of posts for and against same-sex marriage.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:36:53 +0000 Anna King 8659 at http://kplu.org Controversial florist stirs back-and-forth on social media