Kate Baker and Ming Linsley, with the aid of the ACLU, are suing The Wildflower Inn in Vermont for refusing to host their wedding reception due to the owner’s “personal feelings” about “gay receptions.”
Below, you can see a video of the couple and their mom, Channie Peters, talking in their own words about how it felt to hear that they had been refused a place on the grounds of the women being same-sex partners, and why they feel it is necessary to take this to court not just for their own sake, but for the sake of all others who might face such discrimination.
The Vermont Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act prohibits any public accommodations from denying goods and services based on customers’ sexual orientation. The law applies to inns, restaurants, schools, stores and any other business that serves the general public. While there are exemptions for religious institutions, The Wildflower Inn is a public establishment. The ACLU is arguing that the denial of services was a clear violation of the law and of the couples’ constitutional rights.
Image taken from the ACLU video, no infringement intended.