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posted Friday, April 3, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 14
Richland florist fined for turning down Gay customers
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Richland florist fined for turning down Gay customers

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Richland florist has been fined $1,000 plus $1 in court costs for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding.

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers, was found guilty of violating the state's Consumer Protection Act in a summary ruling February 18.

In 2013 Stutzman had turned down a request by regular customer Robert Ingersoll to provide flowers for his wedding to Curt Freed.

When Ingersoll and Freed complained to the state, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent Stutzman an official letter warning her that she must comply with Washington laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. When she refused, Ferguson filed suit against her.

'My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination,' Ferguson said in a statement.

'I'm pleased that today's ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples. Our state laws protect the rights of Washingtonians to be treated equally - regardless of our race, sex, creed, sexual orientation or other characteristics - and I will continue to vigorously uphold these laws.'

Ferguson added that had Stutzman agreed to comply with state law at the time he sent his letter, he would not have filed the lawsuit against her.

The ruling also permanently enjoins Arlene's Flowers and Stutzman, as its owner, from violating the Consumer Protection Act by discriminating against any person because of his or her sexual orientation.

This includes the requirement that all goods, merchandise and services Arlene's Flowers and Stutzman offers or sells to opposite sex couples must be offered or sold on the same terms to same-sex couples.

Stutzman may end up paying more than $1,000, because damages for Ingersoll and Freed have not yet been determined.

Stutzman claimed that her refusal to follow state law was justified by her religious views.

'You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer,' she said in a reference to the Biblical story of Judas, 'one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do.'

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