Consumer Protection Act claim against Richland flower shop owner can move forward

<p>Arlene's Flowers</p>

Arlene's Flowers

A Benton County superior court judge rules that a Consumer Protection Act claim against a Richland florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding can move forward.

Last week, an attorney representing the owner of Arlene's Flowers Barronelle Stutzman, asked for the claim to be dismissed.

But this week, the judge denied that request.

The Washington Attorney General's Office and the couple who were refused service have both filed a lawsuit against Stutzman.

They claim Stutzman violated the Consumer Protection Act and Washington's law against discrimination.