Attorneys for a Richland flower shop owner sued over her refusal to provide services for a same-sex wedding filed a brief Monday laying out their arguments for why the state Supreme Court should review the case.
Barronelle Stutzman’s attorneys filed notices of appeal in April. The state Supreme Court can decide to take up the case or transfer it down to the state Court of Appeals to handle first.
“Direct review is warranted because the Superior Court’s ruling has broad import, misconstrues (state anti-discrimination law), and impairs the exercise of state and federal constitutional rights,” the brief says.
Stutzman owns Arlene’s Flowers.
A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled earlier this year that she broke the law when she told longtime customer Robert Ingersoll in March 2013 that she couldn’t provide services for his wedding to partner Curt Freed because of her religious beliefs.
Stutzman is a Christian from the Southern Baptist tradition.
The state attorney general and the couple filed separate lawsuits in April 2013.