A New York Wedding Venue Has Been Fined For Allegedly Discriminating Against a Same-Sex Couple [VIDEO]
Did you attend a wedding this summer? Chances are that everything went as planned for the lucky couple. Things did not go as planned for Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, a same-sex couple who wanted to have a celebration at an Upstate New York Farm that hosts many weddings and receptions every year...except theirs.
15 events were scheduled in 2012 at Liberty Ridge Farm, and there was room for theirs, but, they said no. The venues owners, The Giffords, must now pay the couple $1500 each for their alleged discrimination.
Liberty Ridge Farm is actually a beautiful farm near Albany, New York that also hosts Halloween events and all sorts of parties and gatherings. But now their decision to pick and choose who they want to market to appears to have cost them dearly.
ReligiousNews.com says that is was determined that they:
“unlawfully discriminated against complainants solely on the basis of their sexual orientation”
It's also being reported that the Giffords may still refuse to pay the $13,000 in fines and may appeal the ruling.
Adam Winkler who is a law professor at the University of California says that this case is unique because public accommodation laws usually don’t apply to private residences, which is what the Giffords claim, but, that has been rejected.
The good news is that McCarthy and Erwin are now married, despite the difficulties with Liberty Ridge Farm.