Richland Florist Sues WA Attorney General's Office in Gay Wedding Case
RICHLAND, Wash. - The Richland flower shop owner who's facing two lawsuits for refusing to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding is now taking legal action of her own.
Arlene's Flowers owner Baronelle Stutzman was hit with two discrimination lawsuits earlier this year; one from the American Civil Liberties Union and the other from the Washington State Attorney General's Office.
Stutzman says her rights are being violated, and has filed a counter suit against the attorney general's office. An attorney representing her case says they attorney general has no reason to go after Stutzman.
"The attorney general's office should drop their lawsuit, there is no reason to persecute Arlene's Flowers under those circumstances. We know there are tons of florists who are willing and available to provide flowers to the same sex couple at issue," said Austin Nimocks, Senior Counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom.
Nimocks says that if the lawsuit does move forward, the state could be tangled up in a case that could take years and cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.