Two New York women sued the Wildflower Inn for discrimination and won. The Catholic owners had to pay $30,000 for declining to host a wedding reception for the same-gender couple.
Women in Vermont have the right to discriminate against men and exclude fatherhood in their marriages. But small business owners have no right to refuse to celebrate gender-segregation in marriage.
Two New York women and a Vermont country inn have settled a lawsuit that accused the inn of refusing to host the lesbian couple's wedding reception.
The American Civil Liberties Union says The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place $20,000 in a charitable trust.
Kate Linsley and Ming Linsley contacted the ACLU after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings," the inn did not host "gay receptions."
The women say they will use the money for legal costs and donate the rest to charity.
As part of the settlement, the Wildflower Inn agreed to no longer host wedding receptions.
In Vermont it costs $30,000 to defend pro-gender marriage.