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Stand with Barronelle–From the Pennsylvania Family Institute



Church and State


On Tuesday, November 15th – Stand with Barronelle


A 73-year-old grandmother who has been a florist for 47 years is at risk of losing everything she owns.


Her house. Her business. Her life-savings. Her retirement.


Barronelle Stutzman has lived and worked consistent with her beliefs. Now the government is trying to punish her for it.


At 12 noon Eastern on Tuesday, November 15th, the Washington State Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the case, State of Washington v. Arlene’s Flowers. To live stream, click here.


Barronelle served her longtime friend and customer Rob Ingersoll – and his partner – for over ten years.  Because of her faith’s teachings about marriage, she referred Rob to three other florists because she could not participate in and design custom floral arrangements for his same sex wedding ceremony.  Rob told Barronelle that he understood, they hugged, and he left.


But for simply exercising her constitutionally protected freedoms, the Washington State Attorney General and the ACLU sued her and are seeking to force her to participate in an event against her will.  Barronelle stands to lose everything she owns.

Here are three things you can do to support Barronelle:


1) Pray for Barronelle: Pray for her and her family, her case, the Washington Supreme Court justices, and the attorneys arguing the case. The arguments are being heard  and there’s a prayer rally happening at 7:30am outside of the location.


I Stand with Barronelle

2) Share her story: Please change your profile picture on any social media outlet with the “I Stand with Barronelle” logo. For a link to share, including an interview on Fox News:


For some sample messages to use on Twitter (or Facebook):


Gov’t should protect freedom, not threaten it. What they’re doing to this grandmother is wrong #JusticeForBarronelle


Tolerance is a two-way street. #JusticeForBarronelle


Freedom is on trial in Washington State today. Pray for Barronelle  #JusticeForBarronelle


3) Stand ready in Pennsylvania: Barronelle Stutzman has a desire to share her story with as many people as possible. “It’s not just about my freedom. It’s about all of our freedoms. And it’s me today but it’s going to be you tomorrowYou have to take a stand – you have to wake up.”


She recently came to Pennsylvania for our Friends of the Family banquet The laws that are being used to attack Barronelle are similar to the proposed laws that we battled in Pennsylvania this year. Here is the message she wanted to leave with everyone:

Barronelle Stutzman - PFI banquet

“I knew Rob was gay all those years – it never made a difference. If Rob walked into my store tomorrow, I would hug him, catch up on his life and wait on him for another 10 years.


Because we believe that marriage, there’s no right for the government to come in and tell us what to do, what to say, what to think, what to create, what to believe. We do not live in a free America if that’s the case. That’s what they’re trying to make of [my husband] and I – an example that if you do stand up, we will destroy you.


So I’m asking you not to let that happen to you. God died for us. What do we offer him?”


Be ready to take a stand here in Pennsylvania:


  • Learn more (so you can take action) about the proposed laws in Pennsylvania: We have finished the legislative session this year but to read about what happened, click here. To learn more about those like Barronelle who would be impacted:


Pennsylvania Family Institute

23 N Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101


717-545-0600 |

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