Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Again - What is it about "public accommodation" that these people don't understand?

If you are a member of the Christian Identity Church and you own a retail establishment, you are required by law to serve all comers. That means, in this case, gays, blacks and Jews. If you do not like that then do not open a retail establishment.

Similarly, a florist in Washington State cannot decide not to sell flowers for a same-sex wedding. If he or she wants to discriminate among customers then he or she is in the wrong business. By the way, as you can see this would have applied to, say, a commitment ceremony before marriage equality came to the state.

Nevertheless, according to National Organization for Marriage:
Like clockwork, those who disagree with gay marriage are being fined and forced out of the public square -- by the state-imposed redefinition of marriage:
Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide wedding flowers to a same-sex couple.

The complaint was filed in Benton County on Tuesday against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland. The lawsuit is in response to a March 1 incident where she refused service to longtime customer Robert Ingersoll. Stutzman did not return a call Tuesday night seeking comment.

Ferguson had sent a letter on March 28 asking her to comply with the law, but said Stutzman's attorneys responded Monday saying she would challenge any state action to enforce the law. Washington state voters upheld a same-sex marriage law in November, and the law took effect in December. The state's anti-discrimination laws were expanded in 2006 to include sexual orientation.

Ferguson seeks a permanent injunction requiring the store to comply with the state's consumer protection laws and seeks at least $2,000 in fines. (AP)

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