Washington state florist fined for denying to serve same-sex wedding

A judge in the state of Washington fined a florist US$ 1000 earlier on Friday after she denied to sell flower arrangements for a gay wedding, said the officials. Bob Ferguson, the Washington State Attorney General, who along with the pair — Curt Freed and Robert Ingersoll — sued florist Barronelle Stutzman in the words 2013, applauded the ruling.

Ferguson said that his main aim has always been to end illegal discrimination, he is very pleased that today’s ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples. On Friday, the order of Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom’s also stops Stutzman and her Richland shop named Arlene’s Flowers, from offering services and goods to straight couples who also are not made available to same-sex pair, said the statement.

Also, Stutzman was needed to pay US$1 in court charges. Freed and Ingersoll were longtime customers of Stutzman’s shop, and they asked her to offer decorations for their marriage ceremony 2 years earlier, after the state’s legalization of the same-sex wedding. Stutzman stated that her Christian beliefs stopped her from selling flowers for the gay marriage, citing her connection “with Jesus Christ,” as per the court documents.

Previous month, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alexander Ekstrom, in a 60-page opinion, ruled  that Stutzman violated the Consumer Protection Act of the state by denying to serve the wedding.