A Ketchikan based florist “Heavenly Creations” allegedly refused to sell flowers to a same-sex couple for their wedding, according to the mom of the two grooms: Kathleen Griego-Varela.
In a status shared on Facebook on June 4th, the mom said:
We attempted to support a local business today, Heavenly Creations, by asking them to provide the flowers for my son’s upcoming wedding. We assumed this florist would welcome the support and business of its locals. It never crossed my mind that our request for flowers, of all things, would be denied due to this being a wedding celebrating, legally, the love of two grooms. It was honestly, a shocking blow that left me heartsick.
The post had over 500 comments and was shared over 400 times.
The groom to be Tommy Varela announced that a peaceful protest will be held in response to their refusal. The announcement was made in Ketchikan Pride Alliance Facebook
Heavenly Creations has refused to do our wedding for us simply based on the fact that we are two men. We are having a peaceful protest tomorrow Friday the 5th across from Heavenly Creations at 3pm. I hope that you all can join us and show this business and town that we are here and we will never backdown. This protest will be safe, peaceful, and family friendly.
A Facebook user: Shawna Shotwell stated:
I wish I was in Ketchikan just to stand with yall! Sorry you are having to deal with this, but I love that the community is standing behind you and against what is wrong!
More than 100 people protested Friday in support, according to KRBD
Another Facebook user and supporter Sandi Blair stated:
Love is Love and there was so much of it today! this was so much more than wedding flowers. I adored seeing how much love was showered on these sweet young men. It did my heart good to see such an overwhelming positive turn out. So much love to youTommy Varela
and Stephen as you begin your forever together!
She then turned to Safeway to get the flowers for the couples’ upcoming wedding. She stated:
The store might not be “as local”, but the loving and caring way we were treated by the locals that work there have made all the difference. Today, my faith was restored in the kindness of others. You are wonderful, Lulu! We are all so excited to work with you
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