Ask New Brunswick Human Rights Commission to Investigate Anti-Gay Discrimination from Florist
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Ask New Brunswick Human Rights Commission to Investigate Anti-Gay Discrimination from Florist

    1. Michael Jones
    2. Petition by

      Michael Jones

      Boston, MA

A same-sex couple in Riverview, New Brunswick, Canada, arranged with a florist, Petals and Promises Wedding Flowers, to provide flowers for their upcoming wedding. The day was drawing nearer, and plans for the day were finalized. But then Petals and Promises sent an email to the engaged couple.

"I must respect my conscience before God and have no part in this matter," wrote Kim Evans, the owner of Petals and Promises Wedding Flowers, to the couple. She then nixed the order, leaving the couple without a business to provide wedding flowers. 

Make no mistake: Evans has the right to hold whatever religious beliefs she wants about same-sex marriage and LGBT issues. But as a business open to the public, it is against Canadian law to refuse service to someone on the basis of sexual orientation. Moreover, Evans and Petals and Promises initially agreed to provide flowers for the wedding. It wasn't until later that they pulled their business, by writing an email to the couple that labeled their relationship immoral and against God.

This is unacceptable. The New Brunswick Human Rights Commission should investigate Petals and Promises for fostering discrimination, and should hold the business accountable for not serving all residents of New Brunswick.

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      Michael Jones
      Senior Campaign Director

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    • Suzanne M. Ritter BOARDMAN, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      How dare you think that my heart doesn't love the same as yours! Just because some homophobic person misinterpreted one passage in the bible, and ignored 1000 other passages to suit their own needs, you believed them - you're and idiot! L/G/B/T people are no different than anyone else on this planet! Only uneducated people believe this! It is 2011, and if you still hold any prejudice in your heart toward any L/G/B/T you really need to educate yourself about the facts regarding human sexuality! We will never stop fighting for all of our civil rights and this is certainly one of them!

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    • Robert Christiansen GOODYEAR, AZ
      • about 3 years ago

      What a disgusting business this person runs. I hope that the legal hammer will come down, and come down hard on this person!

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    • David Baird HOLMESVILLE, OH
      • about 3 years ago

      This seemed usual for a discriminating America but Canada??? A nation thats loved and honored the freedom of all people regardless of what they are? Simply, this is more than dissappionting. It's insulting to Canadians and many others. May this couple's holy matrimony and love not be in vain.

      God Bless!

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    • CINDY EDDY THORNTON, CO
      • about 3 years ago

      THEY SHOULD HAVE NEVER ACCEPTED THE COUPLES ORDER FOR FLOWERS IF THAT IS HOW THEY FELT. THEY STOLED THIS COUPLES MONEY AND RUINED WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A BEAUTIFUL DAY. SHAME ON THEM TO BAD THE BBB IS NOT ACTIVE IN CANADA

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    • edgar raen BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
      • over 3 years ago

      If businesses start to choose their clients, it'll be really hard for a mixed race couple with a gay kid to go to dinner somewhere, buy bread, have their flower arrangements done. Stop this NOW!

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