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Judge fines Washington florist over same-sex wedding flowers

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The shop refused to serve Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed when they sought to buy wedding flowers in 2013. The shop refused to serve Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed when they sought to buy wedding flowers in 2013.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -

A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding has been fined $1,000 - plus $1 for court costs and fees.

Benton County Superior Judge Alexander Ekstrom's ruling Friday gives Barronnelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers and Gifts in Richland, Washington, 60 days to come up with the money. The shop refused to serve Robert Ingersoll and Curt Freed when they sought to buy wedding flowers in 2013.

The judge's ruling also requires that everything Arlene's Flowers sells to opposite-sex couples has to be available at the same price to same-sex couples.

Ekstrom had found in February that the refusal violated Washington's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Stutzman had told the couple their marriage went against her beliefs as a Southern Baptist.

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