RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — The lawyer for a Richland, Wash., florist being sued for refusing to provide flowers for a gay marriage says he may try to move the lawsuit to federal court as a First Amendment case.
Attorney Justin Bristol says the case is about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, not discrimination.
Bristol represents Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers. He says they're still planning their response to the lawsuit announced Tuesday by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson.
Ferguson says Stutzman violated consumer protection law by refusing to provide flowers for Robert Ingersoll's same-sex wedding.
Bristol says Stutzman has sold Ingersoll flowers for other occasions but has a religious objection to gay marriage.