“Oh poor me. They are taking my shop and my home.” That’s the gist of the right wing reaction to Baronnelle Stutzman’s loss in court Wednesday for unlawfully discriminating against a gay couple by refusing them service. According to the folks at Heritage Institute’s blog (Daily Signal) who interviewed Stutzman and her attorney:
In the meantime, Stutzman faces a fine of up to $2,000 for violating Washington’s anti-discrimination law and a separate fine of $7.91 (which Ingersoll and Freed say is the cost of driving to find a new florist).
What’s likely to cripple her, though, are attorney costs and fees, which Alliance Defending Freedom estimates to be seven figures.
“They’re taking everything because I disagree with their stand,” Stutzman said.
Presumably, these are not ADF’s legal fees but, rather, the costs that the state incurred. Before she complains too loudly I would remind her that not only did she have the ability to settle this matter for a very small sum but the genius at ADF counter-sued the state. (see below)
But guess what? The fine folks at ADF are going to appeal for as long as this case generates contributions. In the end Stutzman will lose while her liability for legal fees keeps increasing. If Stutzman loses assets it is because a) she thought that putting flowers in vases was some sort of holy sacrament and; b) piss-poor judgment in not simply settling the matter amicably two years ago.
Ultimately, though, it is the taxpayers who pick up the tab. The only winner is ADF as they beg for money off of the sympathetic grandmother.