A florist in Olympia, Washington has been sued for violating the state’s consumer protection laws after refusing to render her services to a gay couple for its wedding.
Washington state expanded the scope of its anti-discrimination laws to include protections for gays and lesbians in 2006 and voted to uphold a same-sex marriage last year.
Regardless, the woman who runs the flower shop refused service to a long-term customer when he inquired about hiring her for his same-sex wedding. After she refused to comply with nondiscrimination laws, the state’s attorney general had the suit filed against her. It seeks $2,000 in fines.
The florist plans to fight the charges against her.