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Georgia florist’s religious hypocrisy: She’ll serve adulterers, but gay couples are ‘a different kind of sin’

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At least one florist in Jeff Davis County, Georgia admitted to a double standard regarding providing service to “sinners” in a CNN interview regarding “religious freedom” laws.

“In the Ten Commandments, it says you can’t commit adultery,” reporter Gary Tuchman said to the florist, Melissa Jeffcoat, adding, “It says you need to honor your father and mother.”

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When he asked whether she would provide flowers for an adulterer or someone who had “dishonored” their parents, she replied affirmatively.

“Well, why would you serve them but not serve someone who is gay?” Tuchman asked.

“It’s just a different kind of sin to me,” Jeffcoat replied. “I just don’t believe in it.”

Georgia legislators had reportedly been considering a bill similar to the ones recently passed in Arkansas and Indiana, both of which have generated heavy criticism nationwide. But WMAZ-TV reported on Wednesday that the Georgia version of the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” is stalled in committee.

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“We’ve already seen in Indiana the economic impact that’s come along because of them passing something very similar. Religious freedom here and there,” said state Rep. Nikki Randall (D), who opposes the bill. “So many unintended consequences I think that we will incur if this is passed.”

Jeffcoat’s son, Carlton, backed his mother’s stance, saying that he is studying to be a Southern Baptist minister.

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“I serve a God who’s higher than any Supreme Court judge, that’s called the judge of the universe,” he told Tuchman. “I don’t care what anybody else says.”

Watch Tuchman’s report, as aired on Wednesday, below.

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[h/t The Friendly Atheist]

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