Wedding Venue Owners Want To Be Able To Turn Away Same-Sex Couples

Michael Hill | Associated Press | Huffington Post | November 24, 2015


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Owners of a wedding venue who were fined $13,000 for violating the state’s anti-discrimination law argued Monday that they should be legally allowed to follow their Christian faith.

The owners of Liberty Ridge Farm north of Albany refused to host the 2013 wedding of Melisa and Jennie McCarthy, citing their religious beliefs. Now the business owned by Robert and Cynthia Gifford is appealing a ruling from the state’s Division of Human Rights that they violated New York law and seeking to have the fine reversed.

“It would violate the Giffords’ faith to facilitate this union,” attorney Caleb Dalton told a five-judge panel of the Appellate Division of state Supreme Court.

Dalton, counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom, said their faith does not allow them to participate in a marriage that is not between one man and one woman.

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