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Lesbian Couple on Why They’re Suing a Vermont Inn

Lesbian Couple on Why They’re Suing a Vermont Inn

 

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.

You can read more about the details of the case here.

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5:44PM PDT on Sep 5, 2011

Why does sexual orientation matter so much to people. That's their own business.

9:14AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

I feel that if you own a small property you live in as well, like an inn, you should have the right to say no, but then again, i think if you are gonna run a business you have other responsibilities and you may not like a particular religion, lifestyle, orientation, race, etc, but you must follow the law of that jurisdiction in that state for the type of business you own. The owners of the inn are probably wrong here.

9:11AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

It is amazing that, even now, there is so much bigotry in this country. Discrimination, no matter what type, is abominable.

8:15AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Colin C., Lorraine B., and there are the tinsy, little thing called the LAW!

8:12AM PDT on Aug 7, 2011

Ann M.Jul 25, 20119:28 PM
"But sometimes you just gotta be the bigger man and hold on til change comes." I guess then Rosa Parks should have just waited until someone allowed her to sit in the front of the bus, because change will come. Hmmmm.

I'll tell you this, Ann M., if people didn't object to discrimination in any form or for whatever reason, we would still be living the Salem, Mass. way of life. Yeah, I know, it's pushing it far, but I got really upset with the notion of us all just sitting back and wait till someone makes some changes. African-Americans would not have the right to an education, voting rights, inter-racial marriages would still be illegal and gays/lesbians couldn't marry. Oh, yeah, forgot about that. It still exists, but take it from Ann, we will just have to wait quietly for a few hundred years and get those rights too.....

11:52AM PDT on Jul 30, 2011

TOUGH LUCK GALS..........you decided who you are, so accept others dealings as well!!!

6:37AM PDT on Jul 29, 2011

Vermont has petitioned for well over 25 years to leave the US and form their own country. Maybe its time we let Vermont go, and wish them the best in their future endevors.

6:28AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Right back at you Elizabeth R. WHAT MAKES YOUR OPINION RIGHT?

I personally think that it is wrong for anyone to tell anyone else how to behave. The facility owners have every right to disallow anyone, irrespective of who or what they are, to use their own facility.

Now. Accept that fact and move on.

PS. Well said Lorraine B.

10:15AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

While I am very sorry that the couple in question had their big day stained by the actions of others - ie by the owners of the inn in question not letting them have their reception there - I have to say that I feel very uncomfortable after reading many of the comments posted. I cannot help but think that the "thought police" must be crowing out loud at this one. I wonder when the rights of some became more valid and important than the rights of others? I wonder where we are to draw the line?
Quite frankly, I think this is an example of a furor in a teacup - or much ado being made of nothing - even though I am sympathetic to the bridal couple.. However when someone elses so called
"rights" infringe upon my own - such as the rights of smokers to foul the air I breathe .. I am not quite sure how to correctly finish that sentence other than to say that I think the courts are the wrong venue to fix this.

We are talking about a private venue, owned by private citizens, who are just as entitled as anybody else to have their own opinions and do whatever they wish with their own property regardless of whose feelings are hurt. Just my humble opinion of course - which I am just as entitled as the next person to express if anyone needs reminding, whether or not I agree with them ...

9:49AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

I agree with Ann, if I wasn't wanted at a place of business, I wouldn't want to celebrate my special occasion there. I wouldnl't give them my money.

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