Inn Hit with Major Fine for Refusing Lesbian Couple

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A Vermont country inn is paying large penalties after being sued by a lesbian couple.

The American Civil Liberties Union helped the two New York women sue the Catholic-owned business located in the town of Lyndonville.

They argued The Wildflower Inn had no right to refuse to host the the couple's "bride and bride" wedding reception.

The inn's owners have agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place $20,000 in a charitable trust.

"The Wildflower Inn has always served -- and will continue to serve -- everyone in our community," owner Jim O'Reilly said in a statement. "But no one can force us to abandon our deeply held beliefs about marriage."

O'Reilly said the inn could not "match the limitless resources of the government and the ACLU."

The Alliance Defending Freedom represented the inn's owners. The organization said they had stopped hosting all wedding events months beforehand, but agreed to the settlement to put the expensive case behind them.

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