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Richland Florist Goes to Court Today

The dispute over a Washington state florist who declined to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding goes to court Friday.

Oral arguments are scheduled in Benton County Superior Court.

The Washington state attorney general’s office sued the owner of Arlene’s Flowers, Baronelle Stutzman, saying she violated consumer protection law by refusing service in March to customers Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed.

Stutzman says she has no problem with homosexual customers but won’t support gay weddings because of her religious beliefs.

In addition to the state, the ACLU sued Stutzman on behalf of the Kennewick, Wash. couple. A religious freedom group, Alliance Defending Freedom, countersued the state on behalf of Stutzman.

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