I'm familiar with this story, as are most of you. But the fact that Barronelle Stutzman published this article in the Washington Post May 12th struck me as significant. In her article Stutzman spells out the vicious attack made against her and which continues. A fair-minded person has to ask, " Is this America?" - And by the way, what does it say about the integrity and "friendship" of her alleged gay friend? I don't think he comes off well at all. Stutzman writes:
One of my favorites was Rob Ingersoll. Ingersoll came in often and we’d talk. Like me, he had an artistic eye. I’d try to create really special arrangements for him. I knew he was gay, but it didn’t matter — I enjoyed his company and his creativity.
Then he asked me to create the floral arrangements for his wedding. I love Rob, and I’d always been happy to design for his special days. But there’s something different about a wedding.
Every person in the creative professions regularly has to make decisions about where they lend their artistic talents and which events they will participate in. For me, it’s never about the person who walks into the shop, but about the message I’m communicating when someone asks me to “say it with flowers.”