Springfield Floral Allegedly Refuses Service to Same Sex Couple

(Springfield, MN) – A Brown County business has allegedly refused service to a same sex couple because of their sexual orientation, which is against the law.

Scott Cameron says an inquiry was made last week at Springfield Floral about using their services for his upcoming wedding to Mark Remfert and he says they were turned away for being a same sex couple.

Cameron now lives in St. Paul, but grew up in Springfield and says he sought out Springfield Floral to support a local business from his home town.

SMN has reached out to Springfield Floral, but they refused our request for comment.

In a similar case in Little Falls in 2014, a settlement was reached that required a venue that had refused service to a same sex couple to pay for the couple’s wedding and ceremony.

That was the first public accommodation case for the Minnesota Department of Human Rights related to same-sex marriage. “It serves as a reminder that businesses may not deny services based on a person’s sexual orientation just as they can’t deny services on the basis of race or gender,” said Commissioner Kevin Lindsey.

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