Second suit against Washington state florist who refused to cater gay wedding

Last week, the state of Washington filed a consumer protection lawsuit against florist Barronelle Stutzman for not serving a long time customer who wanted flowers for his marriage to his same sex partner. Stutzman cited her religious beliefs as the reason for her refusal to cater to the wedding. Now the ACLU has stuck its nose into the controversy by filing a suit against Stutzman for accusing her of discriminatory practices based on sexual orientation. Reuters: The plaintiffs in the latest lawsuit filed on Thursday are Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed, who are represented by the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state. The couple were longtime customers of Stutzman's southeast Washington state business, Arlene's Flowers, in Richland, their lawsuit said. The legal battle follows a move by Washington state voters in November to allow gay marriage, but the ACLU's lawsuit is not based on the legality of same-sex marriage in the state. Instead, it centers on the...(Read Full Post)