New Yes on 1 video exposes marriage opponents’ lies in Maine
Oct 24, 2012 at 03:15 pm
I'm a photographer, and I photograph weddings and portraits. As a Christian, my faith is really important to me, and it' s taught me not to judge. I've been married for 13 years to my husband Neil and we have two delightful children. When people say that same-sex marriage is going to mean lawsuits against businesses like mine, they don't understand that discrimination is already illegal. In New Hampshire where same-sex marriage has already been legal for years, there's been no increase in the number of related lawsuits. But one thing it will do, is give me more weddings to shoot. And in this economy, that is great news.
Here are the details from the Baltimore Sun [which investigated the case]: In 2011, a lesbian couple tried to book the Wildflower Inn for their wedding reception, but an employee informed them that the venue did not host gay receptions due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings." The couple sued under Vermont's public accommodations law, which prohibits hotels, restaurants and other such businesses from discriminating based on sexual orientation, race and other factors. The O'Reillys settled out of court, and their attorney later said that the employee had acted without the owners' permission and had misstated the inn's policy, which was to host gay receptions but to disclose the O'Reillys' views to potential guests.
"Maine voters affirmed our state's anti-discrimination laws in 2005 by popular vote. Our opponents are trying to scare voters into thinking there will be ‘consequences' or ‘collateral damage' if loving, committed couples are allowed to marry. It's just not true," said Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Mainers United for Marriage. "The case in Vermont was about a business failing to follow the law."