After agreeing to provide the flowers for a wedding, Kim Evans of Petals and Promises Wedding Flowers sent an email last month to the couple, saying she didn’t know it was a same-sex wedding and would have no part of the ceremony.
“I am choosing to decline your business. As a born-again Christian, I must respect my conscience before God and have no part in this matter,” the email said.
Same sex unions in Canada are legal, but discriminating against gays is not.
According to the New Brunswick Human Rights Act, “anyone doing business in the province cannot refuse customers based on race, religion or sexual orientation.”
The website Change.org has launched an online petition, asking the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission to investigate the florist for fostering discrimination.