A Benton County Superior Court ruling Wednesday held that a Richland florist violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act by refusing to serve a same-sex couple seeking to buy wedding flowers in 2013.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued a statement late Wednesday afternoon.

“The law is clear: If you choose to provide a service to couples of the opposite sex, you must provide the same service to same-sex couples,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said. “Washingtonians have enacted laws recognizing equality for same-sex couples, and I will continue to vigorously uphold these laws. I appreciate the judge’s decision and am very proud of my team’s hard work to stop this unlawful discrimination.”

The case stemmed from the refusal by Richland florist Barronelle Stutzman, doing business as Arlene's Flowers and Gifts, to supply flowers for a wedding ordered by the couple getting married, Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed. Stutzman said that she would not supply the flowers based on her religious beliefs.

This story will be updated.

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