Washington Florist Sued For Refusing to Provide Flowers For Same-Sex WeddingJust like how the courts regularly hear cases where different religious groups sue each other over their differences of opinion. Wait... That doesn't happen either.
By ALYSSA NEWCOMB (@alyssanewcomb)
April 10, 2013
A florist who reportedly refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding because of her religious beliefs is being sued by the Washington State Attorney General.
The lawsuit, which was filed Tuesday in Benton County, came almost two weeks after Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he sent a letter to Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Wash., asking her to reconsider her decision.
Stutzman is accused of violating the state's Consumer Protection Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in a public place.
When ABCNews.com reached Stuztman at her flower shop today, she declined to comment on the lawsuit.
On March 1, Robert Ingersoll, a longtime customer, visited the shop and told Stutzman he wanted to order flowers for his upcoming wedding, according to the complaint.
Stutzman told Ingersoll she was unable to provide flowers for his wedding "because of [her] relationship with Jesus Christ," according to the complaint.