Story + video: Gay brides sue Wildflower Inn on grounds of discrimination [USA]
Author: Taylor Dobbs, VTDigger.org [USA], Published on: 19 July 2011
A lesbian couple is suing the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville for discrimination. The resort, which is a renowned tourist destination in the Northeast Kingdom, refused to allow the couple to hold a reception on the premises because the two women are gay...Katherine Baker and Ming-Lien Linsley...were planning a Vermont wedding and put Linsley’s mother, Channie Peters, in charge of the reception. Peters emailed the Vermont Convention Bureau for help finding a venue and was contacted by the Wildflower Inn, via email...The email went on to state that “due to [the Inkeepers'] personal feelings, they do not host gay receptions at our facility.” In a later conversation, the same employee said the same thing had happened to three different couples over the course of a year...The lawsuit, which was filed in Caledonia County Superior Court, requests nominal damages of $1, and a declaration that Wildflower’s conduct was in violation of state law, and Wildflower coverage of the couple’s legal fees.