Mark and Todd Wathen’s requests to have a civil union ceremony has been rejected at two B&Bs. The couple is planning legal actions.
The Associated Press has the story:
Two gay central Illinois men recently said, “We do,” to having a civil union ceremony, but two bed-and-breakfasts they approached about hosting their event responded, “We don’t.”
Todd and Mark Wathen’s fight against the establishments highlights what advocates say is a growing battle between religious freedoms and gay civil rights.
The Chicago Tribune reported that when the couple approached the Beall Mansion in Alton in southern Illinois earlier this year, they received an email response that the inn “will just be doing traditional weddings.” A similar message came from the owner of the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton in central Illinois, who said the inn would “never host same-sex civil unions.”
“We believe homosexuality is wrong and unnatural based on what the Bible says about it,” the email from Timber Creek’s owner said. “If that is discrimination, I guess we unfortunately discriminate.”
Steven Amjad, an attorney representing Timber Creek, said religious freedoms are guaranteed by the state constitution
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