ACLU representing gay couple in Richland florist case

Owner refused to sell them flowers for their wedding

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RICHLAND — The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington is representing two men who were denied flowers by a Richland florist opposed to gay marriage.

The ACLU wants Barronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene's Flowers, to apologize to Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed in a letter to the Tri-City Herald.

The ACLU says the men have been a couple for almost nine years and plan a marriage in September. When they went to the flower shop on March 1, the owner told them she wouldn't provide flowers for the wedding because of a religious objection.

The Washington attorney general is suing the shop owner for discrimination. Her lawyer says she sells flowers to homosexuals, but can't support a same-sex marriage.

The ACLU wants Arlene's to agree to provide flowers for gay marriages.