SEATTLE - When a long-time customer was turned down for wedding flowers by a florist, the customer sued and the American Civil Liberties Union and the Attorney General of Washington state are on his side. Robert Ingersoll was refused flower service for his wedding when the owner of the shop found out it was a gay marriage.
Barronelle Stutzman refused to serve Ingersoll saying it was against her religious beliefs. The ACLU lawsuit on behalf of Ingersoll seeks a court order barring her from discrimination against customers on the basis of sexual orientation and damages for violating his rights. Attorney General Bob Ferguson also sued the florist.