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Same-sex couple seeking to marry file discrimination complaint against local farm

Monday, October 22, 2012
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— Two New York women who say they were turned away from a potential wedding site because they are lesbians have filed a discrimination complaint.

Advocates say the complaint filed with the state Division of Human Rights is among the first of its kind since New York legalized same-sex weddings last year.

Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy of Albany say they filed the complaint Oct. 11 after Liberty Ridge Farm told them they could not use the site for their wedding next summer.

A spokesman for the owners of Liberty Ridge Farm, located in Schaghticoke, Rensselaer County, says the couple acted in line with their values. Jason McGuire, of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, says the owners feel that their rights are being violated and that they will contest the complaint.

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October 22, 2012
2:31 p.m.
jerryrock says...

The only rights being violated are those of the couple denied service because of thir sexusl orientation. NYS Exectutive Law Article 15 Sub Section 296 2. (a) It shall be an unlawful discriminatory practice for any person, being the owner, lessee, proprietor, manager, superintendent, agent or employee of any place of public accommodation, resort or amusement, because of the race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, or disability or marital status of any person, directly or indirectly, to refuse, withhold from or deny to such person any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities or privileges thereof, including the extension of credit, or, directly or indirectly, to publish, circulate, issue, display, post or mail any written or printed communication, notice or advertisement, to the effect that any of the accommodations, advantages, facilities and privileges of any such place shall be refused, withheld from or denied to any person on account of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, or disability or marital status, or that the patronage or custom thereat of any person of or purporting to be of any particular race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex or marital status, or having a disability is unwelcome, objectionable or not acceptable, desired or solicited.

October 22, 2012
3:09 p.m.
Donahue says...

This story is just dripping with irony. Here you have a discrimination suit filed against Liberty Ridge Farms. They want their freedom and liberty, to be intolerant and discriminate. Come on back Carl Strock, how can you resist?

October 22, 2012
3:45 p.m.
hicuff says...

What about the farm owner's rights?

October 22, 2012
3:48 p.m.
J.D. says...

So the right to exercise their religion is null and void?
Scary that people are for the government trampling over a citizen's conscience and beliefs. Pretty soon, it will be trampling over something you don't agree with either...

October 22, 2012
4:01 p.m.
bostonredsoxfan says...

Many, if not most, Southern plantation owners believed that the Bible endorsed slavery. So, was the Emancipation Proclamationa a trampling over their conscience and beliefs, and an infrigement on their religious freedom?

October 22, 2012
4:33 p.m.
dan says...

For those asking about the farmer's rights, would you also agree with the farmers if it was a black couple looking to get married and the farmers said "Sorry, we don't allow blacks on our farm"? The law says it's illegal to discriminate. It's not a "farmers' rights" issue. It's a "If they want to host weddings as a business, they need to follow the law." issue.

October 22, 2012
6:19 p.m.
albright1 says...

If I went to a business to set up a wedding and they told me they only do gay weddings, you know what I would do? I would say OK and then go find someplace else.

October 22, 2012
7:24 p.m.
pbd says...

I happen to be a gay man, married (in Canada) to my partner of 35 years. If this farm does not want to host their wedding, I say give the business (and the attendant profit) to another venue. Money "talks", as always. Make it scream!

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