Tuesday, 23 October 2012 20:52

Liberty Ridge Farm Banned Lesbian Wedding Ceremony

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A new act of discrimination has took place in New York. Liberty Ridge Farm indeed refused to host the wedding ceremony of a lesbian couple.

Jennie McCarthy and Melisa Erwin thus filed a lawsuit against Liberty Ridge Farm for discrimination based on sexual orientation to be sure "this doesn't happen to anyone else."

ABCnews indicates that "according to advocates on both sides of the issue, the complaint with the state Division of Human Rights appears to be a first involving a wedding venue since same-sex marriage became legal in New York in July 2011."

Robert and Cynthia Gifford refused to host the ceremony because of their religion and values.

Their spokesman Jason McGuire, executive director of the New Yorkeans for constitutional freedoms, an anti-gay group, said:

"They still have children at home and they feel that their rights are being violated and they're being discriminated against because of their position on the issue of gay marriage."

The law allowing marriage equality in New York exempts some religious-oriented institutions to host ceremonies but does Liberty Ridge Farm can be regarded as a religious institution?

Lambda Legal senior counsel Susan Sommer thinks the answer is no saying it's well established that a business that serves the public is in violation of New York's human rights law if it discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation.

"If it opens its venue for weddings by the general public, it can't then shut its doors on a same-sex couple," Sommer told the Associated Press.

I checked their website and there are no mentions in the description they wrote about their company and also concerning weddings saying the company is a religious institution. Actually, the only religious thing I read is that they welcome church groups if they are looking for a place to gather.

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