Arlene's Flowers in Richland's owner, Baronelle Stutzman, is rightly exercising her freedom to conscientiously object. Our country was founded on this principle and the laws of freedom of religion, press, speech are all with the intent to ensure that a citizen does not have to violate his or her conscience at the behest of the state.
Discrimination is unlawful based on personhood. Conscientious objection is based on activities or actions, not states of being. Interestingly, the recent terrorist fellow in the Boston marathon was a funeral home hot-potato. No one wanted to bury him, not because of his identity but his behavior.
In the land of holy commerce, that Ms. Stutzman is willing to risk detrimentally impacting her ability to earn a living is testament to the strength of her conviction and a valid exercise of conscientious objection. These are the kinds of things people go to war over.
SHELLY HANSEN, West Richland