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Scranton Wedding Venue Turns Away Lesbian Couple

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Inne of the Abingtons - Scranton

Marriage equality may have come to Pennsylvania, but not everyone got the memo.

Joe.My.God reports:

A wedding venue near Scranton is refusing to host same-sex ceremonies: When Pennsylvania’s gay marriage ban was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court, Desiree Mark of Greenfield Twp. abandoned her plans to be married in New York or Connecticut and happily focused on planning a wedding in her home state. When the 29-year-old sent queries to Scranton area wedding venues requesting an appointment, she learned that marriage equality does not mean equality for gays and lesbians. “Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility,” read the email from Courtney Killeen, wedding and event planner for Inne at the Abingtons. “I truly do hope you find somewhere that will fulfill all your wedding dreams.”

Met at the North Abington Twp. venue Thursday, Ms. Killeen confirmed the email was authentic and reflected the policy of the Inne, not her personal belief. “I don’t agree with it,” she said, adding the owner, John O. Antolick, would be unlikely to comment publicly. Mr. Antolick did not respond to several requests for an interview.

As Joe points out, it’s perfectly legal for the venue to discriminate against same sex couples this way, as Pennsylvania has no protections for the LGBT community in state law. Efforts to pass such a bill have been repeatedly blocked by the GOP majority.

Find more articles and gay wedding resources in Pennsylvania.

PA: Scranton Temple Marries Lesbian Couple

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

The Simmonses have a relationship many people would envy. The couple has known each other since kindergarten in Dingmans Ferry, Pike County. They became best friends as students at Delaware Valley High School.

They realized they felt something more than friendship and dated for more than 5 1/2 years. The couple planned for a baby and welcomed daughter, Taliah, into their South Carolina home in June. They were married Aug. 14, surrounded by family and friends in the tradition of reform Judaism.

But there was something that made their union slightly different, a first for the Jewish congregation in Scranton – Jen and Naomi Simmons are a same-sex couple.

Full Story from The Times Tribune

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