Rally protests shop that refused same-sex couple

About 60 people held a peaceful demonstration in Riverview, N.B., Saturday afternoon against a flower shop that refused to sell to a same-sex couple, citing religious beliefs.

About 60 people held a peaceful demonstration in Riverview, N.B., Saturday afternoon against a flower shop that refused to sell to a same-sex couple, citing religious beliefs.

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.

According to the New Brunswick Human Rights Act, anyone doing business in the province cannot refuse customers based on race, religion or sexual orientation.

Demonstrators laid flowers on the lawn of Evan's home, where her shop is located. Some had flags of support for the gay, lesbian and transgendered community.

They said they were there to spread the message of tolerance.

"My stand on it is that everyone has rights, but they stop when they start to impede the rights of someone else. I think just showing a little kindness from both sides is what we need right now," said Meredith Martell, one of the people there laying flowers.

There were people inside the business at the time of the demonstration, but they did not offer any comment.