Gay wedding flower trial moves forward in Richland

Gay wedding flower trial moves forward in Richland

Gay wedding flower trial moves forward in Richland

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by ASSOCIATED PRESS

KREM.com

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 7:12 AM

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- The trial of a Richland florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding is still on track.
 
A Benton County judge struck down pretrial motions Wednesday from both sides.
 
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing the owner of Arlene's Flowers, Barronelle Stutzman, for what the state says is a violation of the Consumer Protection Act. That lawsuit seeks a court order barring her from discriminating. A trial date has not yet been set.
 
Stutzman told a long-time customer last March she would not provide flowers for a same-sex marriage because it was against her religious beliefs.
 
Stutzman also is being sued by the American Civil Liberties Union. And a group called the Alliance Defending Freedom filed a lawsuit on behalf of Stutzman.

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