RICHLAND, WA—Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit Thursday against longtime florist Willie Pace for refusing to openly weep tears of joy at the mere thought of a same-sex wedding after a lesbian couple came into his shop to order flowers for their upcoming ceremony.
“As Attorney General, it is my job to enforce the laws of the state of Washington,” Ferguson said in a statement about the suit. “Under the Consumer Protection Act, it is unlawful to discriminate against customers based on sexual orientation. If a representative of a business is within earshot of the mention of a same-sex wedding, past or future, and does not unabashedly weep from an overwhelming sensation of sheer delight and joy as the thought crosses his or her mind, this is a violation of the Act, and will not be tolerated.”
This lawsuit comes right on the heels of another filed in Washington just last month, after a Christian T-shirt printer refused to design shirts for, and then enthusiastically participate in, a gay pride parade in Seattle.