Really! We're going to court over this -- someone's hurt feelings over another's religious beliefs? I thought there had to be significant monetary damages, great personal or property injury or bodily harm to sue.
The owner of Arlene's Flowers did none of these -- and she did not prevent their marrying -- only stated she could not be a part of it. She did not conspire with other florists, nor collude with any other person or business -- such as the venue, pastor/priest, caterer, etc. -- to prevent their wedding. They are married.
Robert Ingersoll thought he'd found a friend in Baronnelle. He had bought flowers at Arlene's for nine years. Well, perhaps she thought she had friends in Robert too, that when she quietly and kindly explained to him her reason for declining, he'd understand her deeply held religious belief. But no, his feelings were hurt and he's suing her.
Here's the advice I'd give my son/daughter: Face it, as an adult -- life is not fair. Shake it off, not everyone will agree with you. Be Strong, let it go. Decide to be happy, enjoy life.
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Suggestions for Robert: Drop the court case. Don't hold a grudge. You're married -- enjoy life.
ILENE WINEGARDNER, Richland