A lesbian couple is suing a Vermont Inn, claiming it refused to host their fall wedding because of their sexual orientation.

The mother  of one of the lesbians made all the arrangements for the wedding and signed  contract.  Subsequently the mother was told the inn did not allow same-sex marriages.  The inn keepers are Jim and Mary O’Reilly.  (What are the chances that is a Catholic name?)

The two lesbians, Ms Baker and Ms Linsley, in their early thirties, said they were « crushed ».

Should lesbians be excluded?

What do you think?


  1. 1

    In this particular case, if the events occurred in the timeline you mentioned, they should win their lawsuit. The contract was signed. Then they were told no lesbians.

    A contract is a contract. If that was not spelled out in the contract, they can sue and they should win.

  2. 2
    SUZANNE Says:

    Their inn, their rules.

  3. 3
    Barbara Says:

    True, Suzanne, their inn, their rules BUT those rules should be spelled out in a contract. In Vermont, same sex marriages are legal and there is no need to specify the gender/s of the couple being married. If you want to make a distinction, then you must spell it out.

  4. 4

    I agree with lady J. but I wouldn’t want to have my wedding (of any kind) in such a negative, unwelcoming, place and it may prove deadly to their business. I hope so!
    If the innkeepers are catholics, they may insist on pre-marriage counselling for 6 weeks in a mixed marriage, and forbid birth control. :-)
    Best of luck to the Bride & Bride.

  5. 5
    Neil McKenty Says:

    As long, Suzanne, as their rules do not break the laws against sexual discrimination, which in this case they do.

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