Lawyer for Richland Florist Says Case Should Focus on First Amendment
RICHLAND, Wash. - The lawyer for a Richland florist being sued for refusing to provide flowers for a gay wedding, says the lawsuit should focus on the first amendment.
Attorney Justin D. Bristol says the case is about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, not discrimination. Bristol is representing Barronelle Stutzman, who owns Arlene's Flowers.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against Stutzman this week. The AG says Stutzman violated the consumer protection law by refusing to provide flowers for a customer's same-sex wedding.
It is illegal to discriminate against customers on the basis of sexual orientation, but Bristol says Stutzman does not discriminate against homosexuals, but does have a religious objection to gay marriage.