discrimination

Richland Florist
5:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Court Hears Case Of Florist Who Refused Flowers To Gay Wedding

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 5:39 pm

A lawsuit against a Washington florist who refused to do the flowers for a gay couple's wedding went to court Friday. Attorneys for the Richland florist disputed the state's claim that her refusal on moral grounds violated consumer protection law.

Attorneys for florist Baronelle Stutzman argue the state shouldn't be in court at all. They say claims of discrimination against gays and lesbians should first be reviewed administratively by the Washington Human Rights Commission.

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Civil Rights
7:03 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Coeur d'Alene Makes Waves With Gay, Lesbian Ordinance

The reaction is split in Coeur d’Alene after the city council passed an ordinance banning gay and lesbian discrimination Tuesday night.

Paige Browning reports.


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Richland Florist
4:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Washington Florist Sues State, Says She 'Will Not Wilt'

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 16, 2013 4:24 pm

There’s a new development in the case of a Richland, Wash. florist who refused to sell flowers for a same sex couple’s wedding. The business owner’s lawyers announced a counter suit Thursday saying the florist “will not wilt.”

The owner of Arlene’s Flowers argues there are plenty of other shops in the Tri-Cities that could cater to a gay or lesbian wedding. But lawyers for Barronelle Stutzman say she’s refusing that business because of her religious beliefs.

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Anti-Discrimination Law
6:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Washington Exemption For Faith-based Employers Challenged

The Washington State Supreme Court Thursday heard arguments in a case that could decide whether faith-based employers have some exemption from the state’s anti-discrimination law.

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Florist Faces Lawsuit
4:42 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Arlene's Flowers Stirs Back-And-Forth On Social Media

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon May 6, 2013 3:03 pm

Business is bustling at the Richland florist who faces a lawsuit over same-sex marriage. The shop's owner says she was standing up for her Christian values when she refused to sell flowers for a gay couple’s wedding. Now, the case has become a focal point of intense debate on social media across the globe.

On Arlene’s Flower’s Facebook page, right alongside advertisements for corsages and boutonnieres, there are hundreds of posts for and against same-sex marriage. Now there’s even a Boycott Arlene’s Flowers Facebook page. It has more than 500 likes.

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Gay Rights Ordinance
7:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pocatello Rejects Gay Rights Ordinance In Close Vote

The Pocatello City Council heard testimony from the public on April 4.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

An ordinance to ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people failed in the city council of Pocatello, Idaho Thursday. The close vote was a setback for gay rights advocates, as Jessica Robinson reports.

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Idaho Gay Rights
8:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

In Idaho, Towns Take Up Gay Rights In Absence Of State Action

Kevin Lish and Tom Nestor run the All Under One Roof youth center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens in Pocatello.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This Thursday, the city council in Pocatello, Idaho, is expected to vote on whether to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s one of several cities in Idaho that have taken up the cause of gay rights – an issue the Idaho legislature has so far resisted. But as Jessica Robinson reports, even some gay rights supporters wonder if the local ordinance will change anything.

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Racial Equity Report
6:40 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Washington Legislature Receives 'D' In Racial Equity Report

A new report gives Washington state lawmakers a “D” grade on their work on racial equity. As Paige Browning explains, the report card is based on policy decisions in the 2011-2012 session that advance or reverse racial and economic equity.

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Farmer Descrimination
6:08 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Women And Hispanic Farmers Say Discrimination Continues In Settlement

Hispanic and women farmers have been combined in the USDA's final settlement over discrimination in farm loans.
Credit Photo Credit: HispanicFarmerJustice.com

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a long history of discriminating against farmers who are women, Hispanic, Native and African American. Numerous lawsuits have cost the government several billion dollars. The latest legal settlement is for women and Hispanic farmers who can prove they were discriminated against in the 1980s and ‘90s. But some of these farmers say the deal to make amends for discrimination is itself discriminatory.

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Washington Gay Marriage
6:23 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Gay Marriage Laws May Prevent Discrimination by Private Businesses

The Washington Legislature votes on legalizing gay marriage this week.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington appears poised to become the seventh state in the nation to allow gay marriage. Backers say they have the votes in the legislature. The law would exempt churches that oppose same-sex marriage. But not wedding-related businesses. Attorney Steve O’Ban highlighted this recently in testimony against the proposed law.

Steve O’Ban: “There’s no protection either for a small businesswoman for example who runs say a photography business or a printing company to decline to photograph or, say, print a wedding announcements for gay weddings, for reasons of faith.”

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