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State Sues Florist Who Refused to Decorate Gay Wedding

Matt in N.C. Wrote: Apr 10, 2013 4:56 PM
Objecting to or approving miscegenation is radically different from being forced at gunpoint to endorse or participate in it. And a privately owned business is every bit part of the owner's personal life.

The State of Washington is suing a small flower shop after the owner declined to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding – based on her religious beliefs.

Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Wash., is facing thousands of dollars in fines and penalties for allegedly violating the state’s Consumer Protection Act.

“If a business provides a product or service to opposite-sex couples for their weddings, then it must provide same-sex couples the same product or service,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement.

On March 1, a longtime customer asked Stutzman to provide flowers for his upcoming...