The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a small, family-owned Vermont inn for allegedly refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding reception.
The Wildflower Inn is owned by a “devout, practicing Catholic family who believes in the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman,” its Facebook page says. “We have never refused rooms or dining or employment to gays and lesbians.”
The ACLU says the Vermont Human Rights Law prohibits public accommodation — hotels and small inns included — from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. And that is the crux of the ACLU’s lawsuit:
“This case is about discrimination, pure and simple,” the ACLU says in a posting on its Web site. “When a business that is open to the public refuses to serve two people and their guests solely because the two people are a same sex couple, it is no different than restaurants not serving individuals because they were black, or other businesses keeping out women or Jews. It is discrimination and it is illegal.”