Washington state AG sues florist for refusing to cater to gay wedding

The questions raised by the Attorney General's suit are very serious. Unfortuntaely, most of the debate will be of the knee jerk variety. So be it. But when someone is coerced to violate their conscience and beliefs, red flags should be raised. Seattle PI: State Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Tuesday filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Arlene's Flowers & Gifts, a Richland florist that refused to supply flowers to the same-sex marriage of a longtime customer. Ferguson said he sent a March 28 letter to owner Barronelle Stutzman asking her to reconsider and supply flowers to customer Robert Ingersoll.  Through an attorney, Stutzman declined to change her position. "As Attorney General, it is my job to enforce the laws of the state of Washington," said Ferguson.  "Under the Consumer Protection Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation.  If a business provides a product or service to opposite-sex couples...(Read Full Post)

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