Florist in gay rights storm: ‘I’m a little grain of sand’

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP – April 11, 2015) — The 70-year-old grandmother who owns a flower shop in Washington state and became a national figure for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding says she was surprised her actions gained such notoriety.

Barronelle Stutzman refused the couple in 2013, and her actions were among the first in what has become a nationwide quandary as more same-sex couples marry. Stutzman told The Associated Press that she considered herself “a little grain of sand.”

In a February ruling, a Superior Court judge found that Stutzman’s refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation violated Washington’s anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. She was fined $1,000, plus $1 in court costs and fees.

But Stutzman says she will appeal.

Stutzman believes the decision prevents her from practicing her Baptist faith.

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