** This is filed under ON A MORE SERIOUS NOTE because I am PISSED OFF (again) **
Marc came home yesterday and shared a story he heard on the radio. This morning, I found that many media outlets picket up the story, including Perez.
Here's the article, but I'll break it down for you.
A same-sex couple in Riverview, NB (just outside of Moncton) were planning their wedding. Naturally, they hired a florist to decorate their reception. Things were going along swimmingly until the florist learned that they weren't a heterosexual couple and REFUSED to work with them.
In fact, she sent them an email stating:
"I am choosing to decline your business. As a born-again Christian, I must respect my conscience before God and have no part in this matter."
This quote, on first read, made my brain explode. Once I had collected the pieces from around my living room, I read her words again and felt a small pang of sympathy. Here's why.
Anyone who has ANY common sense would NEVER have written down such a blatantly discriminatory statement because it's ILLEGAL! It's against the law to discriminate against anyone, regardless of sexual orientation and I'd say that the majority of people know the deal.
The urbanite inside me thought, "If she didn't want to do the wedding, why not just say that she's to busy or something?" I figure there could be a couple of reasons.
1. She takes her faith seriously and, as such, chose not to lie about why she wouldn't do the flowers. Although there's a tiny bit of honour there, I still believe her stance to be CONTRADICTORY to the basic fundamentals of Christianity -- Jesus loves EVERYONE. Also, if you go around saying that your actions are based on your faith, then you can't be selective. I mean, how many of the weddings that she's done are SECOND or THIRD weddings? Isn't divorce bad? Has she ever done the funeral of someone who committed SUICIDE? I'm sure you see where I'm going here.
2. She's a hateful bigot, wanted to shame the couple and doesn't care who knows.
It doesn't really matter if she falls into the first category or the second because her actions are BRUTALLY unfair (and ILLEGAL).
What's AWESOME though, is the brave couple going to the media instead of accepting her decision. I hope that the couple in question have a WAY BETTER florist step up to the plate and make their dream wedding a reality. It's times like this that I wish I was a Secret Millionaire...
EQUALITY FOR ALL