Lesbian Couple Settles Discrimination Case Against NEK Inn

08/23/12 12:57PM By Charlotte Albright

AP/Toby Talbot
Ming Linsley, left, and Kate Baker have settled a lawsuit brought against the Wildflower Inn for refusing to host the lesbian couple’s wedding reception and violating Vermont’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act.

 

A lesbian couple settled their discrimination case Thursday against the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville.  

Kate Baker and Ming Linsley contacted the inn in October 2010, looking for a spot to hold their wedding reception.

They claim Baker's mother was told that because of their "personal feelings," innkeepers Jim and Mary O'Reilly did not host "gay receptions."

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the inn on the couple's behalf.

The inn claimed that the refusal was made by an employee acting on her own, and denied a pattern of discrimination.

In the settlement, the inn agreed to pay a $10,000 fine to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place another $20,000 in a charitable trust to be dispersed by the couple.  It has also agreed to no longer host wedding receptions.

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