While the Supreme Court struggles with weighty questions about gay marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, the attorney general of Washington State moved to enforce that state’s law against discrimination against a florist who claimed that her relationship with Jesus prevented her from providing flowers at the marriage of a gay couple.
According to the attorney general’s office, her failure to comply with the law puts her at risk of a $2,000 fine for every violation in a complaint filed in the Benton /County Court.
Washington florist Baronelle Stuzman told a longtime customer that she would not “do his wedding because of her relationship with Jesus.”
Last month, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, according to the SeattlePI sent her a letter asking her to reconsider and supply the flowers to the man, Robert Ingersoll. Ms. Stuzman again declined.
Thereupon, Ferguson brought the force of law to the question. “As Attorney General, it is my job to enforce the laws of the state of Washington,” said Ferguson. “Under the Consumer Protection Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation. If a business provides a product or service to opposite-sex couples for their weddings, then it must provide same sex couples the same product or service.”