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Gay Couple's Discrimination Case Back in Benton County Court

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - A case concerning rights for both a business and a same-sex couple in the Tri-Cities was back in court on Friday. 

Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, is accused of discrimination after she refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding. Stutzman claims it went against her religious beliefs. 

On Friday, lawyers debated whether the Consumer Protection Act was violated, arguing whether inconvenience constitutes injury. Even the judge was unsure.

"I think both sides would be best suited if I'm clear on this meaning, especially because we have different interpretations of what it means so I want to make sure I have the correct interpretation," said Judge Salvador Mendoza.

Mendoza said he will issue a written decision in the coming weeks. Trial is expected to begin next spring.

 

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