Barronelle happily created custom floral arrangements for her customers regardless if they were gay or straight for nearly forty years. She designed multiple arrangements for her long-time friend, Rob Ingersoll, and his partner Curt Freed for ten years. But when Rob got engaged to Curt, Barronelle said her religious beliefs prevented her from designing flowers for his wedding. Rob sued Barronelle. The conflict arose because Barronelle declined to create flowers for a specific event. She still remained happy to design flowers for gay couples on other occasions.
- Article: Why A Friend Is Suing Me: The Arlene’s Flowers Story, November 9, 2015