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These LGBT Youth Fundraisers Are the Perfect Response to the Donations Pouring In Supporting Homophobia

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In the wake of supporters raising nearly $1 million for the homophobic Indiana pizzeria and Washington Florist Barronelle Stutzman, two counter GoFundMe campaigns are hoping to raise money for those who could actually use the financial aid: LGBT youth. 

The #Pizza4Equality campaign, created by activist Scott Wooledge, is currently raising funds to benefit Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund, which works to end homlessness among LGBT youth. 

From the GoFundMe page:

Pizza4equalitySo I looked and saw that Cyndi Lauper's True Colors Fund has set April 29 as the first national #40toNoneDay to end #LGBT youth homelessness! And I thought, would it not be totally awesome if we equality supporters (and pizza lovers) could match that #MemoriesPizza  "charity" by April 29?  Can we match their amount and help homeless youth get off the street, learn life skills and get an education and jobs?

I'm an dreamer, but I say yes, we can!

The campaign has raised over $45,000 in the two days since it was created. Click HERE to donate. 

A separate GoFundMe is raising funds for Indiana Youth Group, which provides support services and social and leadership opportunities for LGBT youth.

From the "Support LGBT Youth in Indiana" GoFundMe page:

When Memories Pizza said they wouldn't serve pizza at a same-sex wedding, they were completely within their legal rights and still are. These expressions of intolerance and the ensuing fundraiser for hundreds of thousands of dollars send a terrible message to LGBT youth who already face more bullying, social pressure and higher rates of suicide.

Take a minute and, instead of trolling Memories on Yelp and being angry about it on Facebook and Twitter, donate $10; do something positive that will have a direct impact on LGBT youth in the state of Indiana.

I believe that we can and should out raise them 2x.

Over $24,000 has been raised so far. Click HERE to donate. 


Supporters Raise Nearly $1 Million for Homophobic Indiana Pizzeria, Washington Florist

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Richland, Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman, who was fined $1000 plus $1 for court costs and fees for her refusal back in 2013 to provide flowers for a longtime customer's wedding to his same-sex partner because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ," is set to receive nearly $100,000 in donations from supporters who launched a GoFundMe campaign.

Stutzman was found to have violated Washington's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws by refusing to provide flowers because of the customer's sexual orientation. Stutzman had rejected a plea deal in the case, and said taking the offer would have been like Judas betraying Jesus.

In related news, supporters of Indiana's homophobic Memories Pizza, which declared last week that they wouldn't cater a gay wedding, have raised $842,500 for the pizzeria in a similar campaign.

What will they do with all their hate money?

 


Homophobic Washington Florist Barronelle Stutzman Fined for Discriminating Against Gay Customer

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Richland, Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman has been fined $1000 plus $1 for court costs and fees for her refusal back in 2013 to provide flowers for a longtime customer's wedding to his same-sex partner because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ."

The Associated Press reports:

In a February ruling, [Benton County Superior Judge Alexander] Ekstrom found that Stutzman's refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation violated Washington's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Along with the fine, the judge's ruling also requires that everything Arlene's Flowers sells to opposite-sex couples has to be available at the same price to same-sex couples.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office requested the fine, said in a statement Friday that the ruling is a reminder of the reach of Washington's anti-discrimination laws.

"My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination," Ferguson said. "I'm pleased that today's ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples."

Last month, we reported Stutzman had rejected a settlement offer in the case and said taking the offer would have been like Judas betraying Jesus.


FOX News Rallies Behind Christian Florist Who Refused to Do Gay Couple's Wedding: VIDEO

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For two years we've been reporting on Baronelle Stutzman, the Washington florist who was found to be in violation of the state's anti-discrimination laws for refusing to provide flowers for a longtime gay customer's wedding. Stutzman said doing so would violate "her relationship with Jesus Christ."

Stutzman was offered a generous settlement offer of a $2,000 penalty, a $1 payment for court and legal fees, and an agreement “not to discriminate in the future,” but refused it, preferring to be a martyr for her cause.

Media Matters notes that Stutzman has found a prominent ally in her crusade: FOX News.

On the February 23 edition of The Kelly File, guest host Shannon Bream conducted the first ever television interview with Stutzman, along with an attorney from the extreme anti-gay group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which is representing her. Bream has a history of championing the right to discriminate against gay customers, coming to the defense of business owners who violate non-discrimination laws and suggesting that gay customers should "just go down the street" and find someone who is willing to serve them.

Throughout the interview, Bream helped depict Stutzman as a victim who risked losing her home and livelihood because of the state's non-discrimination law...

...Fox News has used stories like Stutzman's to make the case for draconian "license-to-discriminate" laws that would give business owners broad discretion to refuse service to gay customers on religious grounds. These laws, unsurprisingly, are largely being crafted by ADF, which has been all-too-eager to use Fox News to bring national attention to its pro-discrimination legal work.

Watch FOX News eat up Stutzman's sob story, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Homophobic Florist Barronelle Stutzman Refuses To Pay Settlement, Won't Be 'Judas'

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Barronelle Stutzman, the homophobic Washington florist who ran afoul of the state's nondiscrimination laws in 2013 because Jesus, is doing everything she can to make herself a martyr on the issue of same-sex marriage. We told you last week that she refused the very generous settlement offer of $2001 to cover fines and court costs saying it would make her like Judas, and it would seem that Stutzman is doubling down on the comparison:

Washington's constitution guarantees us 'freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.' I cannot sell that precious freedom. You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.

...except that Judas received payment to betray Jesus. Stutzman is being asked to pay a fine for breaking the law.

Stutzman appears to be so involved in her martyr complex that she's "forgotten" the teachings of the deity she's wielding as a cudgel, as Jesus commands his followers to "Render unto Caesar what is Caesar's" and Paul's letter to the Romans instructs to "Render to all what is due them." Driving home Stutzman's tunnel-visioned self-involvement is that she says, without any apparent presence of irony or self-awareness:

Our state would be a better place if we respected each other's differences, and our leaders protected the freedom to have those differences.

Do we really need to point out that non-discrimination laws do that very thing?


Homophobic Washington Florist Rejects $2001 Settlement Offer: 'It's About Freedom, Not Money'

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On Thursday, we reported that a Washington state judge had ruled against Barronelle Stuzman, the Richland florist who in 2013 refused to provide flowers for a longtime customer's wedding to his same-sex partner because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ."

Stuzman was found to be in violation of the state's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Following the ruling, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson provided Stuzman with a settlement offer, but Stuzman refused.

Stuzman, it seems, was always planning on taking the anti-gay martyr route.

“Before this case began, my office wrote to Ms. Stutzman, asking her to comply with state law," said Ferguson. "Had she agreed to no longer discriminate, my office would not have filed suit, and Ms. Stutzman would not have paid any costs, fees or penalties."

The Washington Post reports:

On Friday, Stutzman told Ferguson in a letter released through her attorneys that the state’s settlement offer of a $2,000 penalty, a $1 payment for court and legal fees, and an agreement “not to discriminate in the future,” was akin to Judas’s betrayal of Jesus in the Bible. “You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver,” she wrote, adding, “that is something I will not do.”

“Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me or what this conflict is all about,” she added. “It’s about freedom, not money.” 

Stutzman’s attorney said that she’ll be appealing the ruling.

Read Stuzman's full letter AFTER THE JUMP...

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