Washington’s attorney general has responded to Kennewick and Pasco city councilmen who’ve proposed resolutions asking him to withdraw his consumer protection lawsuit against Barronelle Stutzman and her Arlene’s Flowers.
“That won’t happen,” Bob Ferguson wrote in a letter Tuesday to Kennewick City Councilman John Trumbo and Pasco City Councilman Bob Hoffmann.
“A Washington business may not refuse service to customers on the basis of their sexual orientation. As attorney general, it is my duty to enforce the laws of our state,” Ferguson’s letter said.
The Kennewick City Council is scheduled to discuss Trumbo’s resolution during a workshop session Tuesday night.
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A Benton County judge ruled earlier this year that Stutzman 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.
Stutzman now is seeking review by the state Supreme Court.