Owners of Albany Area Farm Defend Decision To Turn Away Same-Sex Wedding [POLL]
The owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke say they stand behind their decision to refuse to allow a lesbian couple to use their business as a venue for their wedding, despite a human rights complaint being filed against them.
Robert Gifford, who owns the farm with his wife, told WNYT “I think it’s our right to choose who we market to, like any business.”
WNYT reported that Melissa Erwin and Jennie Mcarthy of Albany filed a human rights complaint against Liberty Ridge Farm in Rensselaer County after the venue told them they cannot exchange their “I Dos” at the location because they are gay.
Places of accommodation are banned from discriminating based on sexual orientation under New York’s Human Rights Law.
As news of the couple being turned away spread, dozens flocked to the farm’s Facebook page to voice complaints, accusing the farm of discrimination and vowing to boycott. Others applauded the Gifford’s decision to stand by their beliefs.
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