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Washington gay wedding flowers case goes to court

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PROSSER, Wash. – The case of a Benton county florist, who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding,  goes to court Friday.  In April, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a discrimination lawsuit against Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers, the Yakima Herald Republic reported.   Stutzman reportedly told her longtime customer, Robert Ingersoll that she couldn’t provide flowers for Ingersoll’s September wedding, because of her relationship with Jesus Christ, the paper reported.

J.D. Bristol, Stutzman’s attorney, is asking Benton County Superior Court Judge Salvador Mendoza to recuse himself from the case, the newspaper reported.   Bristol said that Judge Mendoza served as a college trustee alongside on the of gay men.  Three of Benton County Superior Court’s six judges have recused themselves from the case, the Yakima Herald Republic reported.

The ACLU of Washington also field a private lawsuit against the florist on the men’s behalf.

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13 Comments to “Washington gay wedding flowers case goes to court”

    xxxxxxxxxxx said:
    June 28, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    So if a white separatist walks into a black or Jewish owned bakery and orders a cake with swastikas and "Happy Birthday Adolph" on it and the bakery refuses his order should he be able to sue the baker? If not, then why not?

    SeaRick said:
    June 28, 2013 at 4:58 PM

    I think she should counter-sue Ferguson. He is a flaming liberal and is trampling her rights to refuse service to anyone for any reason. This is a private business on private property. She, under the 1st Amendment, has the right to her beliefs and if that means a homo has to buy their flowers for their sham marriage somewhere else then so be it. If Ferguson prevails, then every business owner will be subject to his neo-fascist OBAMAOism of the govt. forcing you to comply with a liberal agenda regardless of YOUR rights.

    Redeemed said:
    June 28, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    NO WORRIES HERE THE ACLJ WILL CRUSH this little lawsuit with the CONSTITUTION!

    Joe Camel said:
    June 28, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Perhaps bobbie fur goes in is using this case to compensate where he falls short in another area….

    Monoxide said:
    June 28, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Forced capitalism for a special interest, I mean really..

    Clyde said:
    September 4, 2013 at 4:25 PM

    It's her business started long before homos became law. Go to another florist.

    Kennith said:
    June 28, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    So typical of these christians to call another human 'A gay", like they are somehow a different species. They are the lowest of the low. Nice to see that the world can now recognize their evil ways.

    Redeem said:
    June 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Just like a heathen liberal to call unnatural act natural and equate hetero sex to homo sex. Did you not pay attention in class? Oh your so passionate condoning a behavior that is literally killing the participants not to mention all the other aliments that go along destroying the function and ability of organs as their intended design by nature. But since man is perfect in all his ways and understanding why should we be surprised then when we decided we better know how utilize what's been given to us as gifts. The evidence of increase in disease illness and medical cost , which affects us all.
    It's a debase act with consequences and if we loved these folks we would encourage them to resist and flee temptation to destroy themselves, what seems pleasurable for a moment has a high high price cause its a high high offense to intended design and purpose.

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