- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Attorney General Bob Ferguson explained his gay discrimination lawsuit against a Richland florist during his visit Wednesday to the Tri-Cities.

He told a Rotary Club meeting that Arlene’s Flowers is violating consumer protection law by refusing to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding.

KNDU reports (https://bit.ly/1nhA6Ta) the state’s lawsuit against shop owner Baronelle Stutzman has been consolidated with a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union, and it could be several months before it goes to court.

Stutzman is counter-suing the attorney general. Her lawyer, Kristen Waggoner, says Stutzman served her gay customer for years but balked at the wedding because of her religious beliefs. Waggoner says it’s a matter of religious freedom, protected by the constitution.

Other Tri-Cities florists are willing to arrange flowers for gay weddings.



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Information from: KNDU-TV, https://www.kndu.com/

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