Couple settles discrimination lawsuit...

Couple settles discrimination lawsuit with Vermont resort

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#1 Sep 11, 2012
Couple settles discrimination lawsuit with Vermont resort

A couple has settled a discrimination lawsuit it filed against a Vermont inn that refused to host a wedding reception for the two women. The couple claimed the inn operators discriminated based on sexual orientation.

The settlement calls for the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville to pay $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission as a civil penalty for violating Vermont’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, as well as $20,000 in a charitable trust to be disbursed by the couple, according to the Vermont Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.

Kate and Ming Linsley of New York contacted the ACLU after the inn’s events manager told Ming Linsley’s mother that, due to the innkeepers’“personal feelings,” the inn did not host “gay receptions,” according to the organization.

In a statement, the owners of the Wildflower Inn said the settlement shows they were correct to rely on a 2005 Human Rights Commission decision regarding disclosure of religious beliefs. The inn will no longer rely on that decision and will no longer host weddings.

“The Wildflower Inn has always served — and will continue to serve — everyone in our community. But no one can force us to abandon our deeply held beliefs about marriage,” Wildflower Inn owner Jim O’Reilly said in a statement.

Freedom.(n) The ability to do whatever you want, as long as the liberals tell you to do it.
remember Al's elks club tea party fiasco...

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