Vermont Inn Settles Lawsuit over Lesbian Marriage

(AP) MONTPELIER, Vt.
A lawyer for a Vermont inn that was sued when it refused to host a lesbian couple's wedding reception says the inn had no policy discriminating against same-sex couples.

Jim Campbell of the Alliance Defending Freedom says an employee acting without the owners' OK said Katherine Baker and Ming Linsley couldn't hold their event at the Lyndonville facility.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the inn agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place $20,000 in a charitable trust.

As part of the settlement, the Wildflower Inn agreed to no longer host wedding receptions. Campbell says the innkeepers had made that decision on their own.

The couple, who both now use the name Linsley, say they're pleased with the outcome.


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