Feb 16 2017
OLYMPIA — The Washington State Supreme Court today unanimously upheld a lower court decision in Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s consumer protection lawsuit against a Richland florist. The court agreed with Ferguson that Arlene’s Flowers violated Washington’s Consumer Protection Act and the Washington Law Against Discrimination (WLAD) by refusing to serve a same-sex couple seeking to buy wedding flowers in 2013.
Dec 24 2015
OLYMPIA – Attorney General Bob Ferguson late last night filed a brief with the Washington State Supreme Court urging the justices to uphold a Benton County Superior Court decision ordering a Richland florist to stop discriminating against gay and lesbian customers seeking flowers for their weddings.
Aug 11 2015
Attorney General Bob Ferguson today issued a letter to Kennewick City Councilmember John Trumbo and Pasco City Councilmember Bob Hoffmann, in response to resolutions each has proposed.
Jun 26 2015
OLYMPIA — Today, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. The court held same-sex marriage is legal nationwide. Attorney General Ferguson joined 15 other states in filing a "friend of the court" brief in the case, supporting marriage equality for same-sex couples.
Mar 6 2015
OLYMPIA — Today, Attorney General Bob Ferguson joined a coalition of states in filing an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief with the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the Constitution requires marriage equality nationwide.
Feb 19 2015
Statement of Attorney General Bob Ferguson concerning Arlene’s Flowers same-sex marriage discrimination case
OLYMPIA — In light of yesterday’s Benton County Superior Court ruling 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 today released the following statement:
Feb 18 2015
Judge rules Richland florist violated Consumer Protection Act by discriminating against same-sex couple
OLYMPIA — A Benton County Superior Court ruling today 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.
Jan 16 2015
SEATTLE — In light of the United States Supreme Court’s announcement today that it will review marriage-equality cases from four states, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson issued the following statement:
Jan 7 2015
OLYMPIA — Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom today agreed with the Attorney General’s Office that the Attorney General has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a Richland flower shop and its owner. In addition, Judge Ekstrom ruled that the shop owner can be held personally liable for violating the Consumer Protection Act.
Dec 19 2014
Second round of summary judgment motions heard today in Attorney General’s Office consumer protection case against Richland florist
OLYMPIA — Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom heard arguments today on two more summary judgment motions filed in the Attorney General’s Office’s consumer protection case against Arlene’s Flowers, a Richland florist, and its owner and operator, Barronelle Stutzman.