RICHLAND, Wash. -- Washington State's Attorney General says his office has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland.
Last month, Barronelle
Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers, refused to provide wedding flowers to
long-time customer, Robert Ingersoll, based on her opposition to same-sex
The Attorney General's
Office sent a letter to Stutzman on March 28, requesting she
reconsider her position and sign an agreement indicating her intention to comply
with Washington laws.
Stutsman's attorneys responded yesterday and said that
Stutzman would challenge any state action to enforce the law.
In a complaint filed in Benton County Superior Court Tuesday, the
Attorney General's Office seeks a permanent injunction requiring Arlene's
Flowers to comply with the state's consumer protection laws.
The state also
seeks $2,000 in fines for every violation of the law.