Lesbian couple says Vermont resort barred them
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Two New York women say a Vermont inn refused to host their wedding reception because of the owners’ anti-gay bias. The couple is now suing, alleging discrimination under the state’s public accommodations law.
Kate Baker and Ming Linsley say they were turned away by the Wildflower Inn, a 24-room inn in Lyndonville, when they told the inn the wedding would have two brides but no groom.
A woman who answered the telephone at the Wildflower Inn said the owners weren’t taking calls on the case.
The American Civil Liberties Union’s Vermont chapter filed the lawsuit Tuesday in Caledonia Superior Court. It says the inn violated the state Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, which bars public accommodations from denying services to people based on sexual orientation.
831 civil unions in Cook County in June
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County couples rushed to use Illinois’ new civil union law.
The county clerk’s office says 831 civil licenses were issued in June. That was the first month couples could get them.
A civil union gives gay couples in Illinois many of the same rights and legal benefits as heterosexual couples. Unmarried heterosexual couples also are eligible.
Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office says more female couples — about 51.5 percent — applied for licenses compared to male partners, who made up about 43 percent of the licenses. About 5.5 percent of the couples who applied were heterosexual.
Most of the civil union licenses — about 65 percent — were granted to people who live in Chicago.
The office says licenses and other fees generated about $37,000 in revenue.