A Vermont inn is finding itself in legal trouble after denying a lesbian couple’s request to have their gay marriage reception on site. According to the lawsuit filed by the ACLU on behalf of Kate Barker and Ming Linsley, the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, VT has a “no gay reception” policy. The lawsuit also alleges that at least two other same-sex couples were refused service by the owners because of their sexual orientation.
In a statement released by the inn’s owners, Jim and Mary O’Reilly, they responded to the lawsuit by saying they are devout Catholics who do not believe in gay marriage.
“We have never refused rooms or dining or employment to gays or lesbians,” they stated. “Many of our guests have been same-sex couples. We welcome and treat all people with respect and dignity. We do not however, feel that we can offer our personal services wholeheartedly to celebrate the marriage between same-sex couples because it goes against everything that we as Catholics believe in.”
Apparently it is perfectly fine to accept money from LGBT guests while at the same time refusing to allow them the basic human rights other couples enjoy. Perhaps I am missing something, but I do not see how that is treating “all people with respect and dignity.” This is the very definition of hypocritical. Congratulations to Barker and Linsley for standing up for their rights.
Vermont’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act bars public accommodations from denying services to people based on sexual orientation.