USA, New York: Lesbian Couple Files Complaint Against Albany-Area Farm

Written by scott on November 7th, 2013

New York MapA lesbian couple that was turned away from a New York Farm when they inquired about getting married there has filed a formal complaint.

Edge Boston reports:

A lesbian couple urged New York’s human rights agency Wednesday to rule that a wedding venue outside Albany broke the law when it refused to book their wedding last year. Melisa and Jennie McCarthy, formerly of Albany, filed the complaint against Liberty Ridge Farm in October 2012. They’re asking for unspecified damages and an order telling the farm not to reject customers based on sexual orientation. Attorneys from the New York Civil Liberties Union argued Wednesday before the Division of Human Rights that the 100-acre farm is a business open to the public and subject to the state’s anti-discrimination laws. “We are asking for some damages. We are not asking for very much,” NYCLU attorney Mariko Hirose said.

The couple who owns the farm says their first amendment rights trump state law. I’m confused. Has anyone told them they aren’t free to loudly and continuously complain about gay marriage?

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