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.