A new TV ad opposing Maine's same-sex marriage referendum features a Vermont couple who were sued for not hosting a lesbian couple's wedding reception at their inn.
In the ad, Jim O'Reilly of the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville says he and his wife paid $30,000 and can no longer host any weddings because they didn't support the gay wedding due to their religious beliefs.
Two New York women and a Vermont country inn have settled a lawsuit that accused the business of refusing to host the couple's wedding reception.
The American Civil Liberties Union says The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay a $10,000 civil penalty to the Vermont Human Rights Commission and place $20,000 in a charitable trust.
Kate and Ming Linsley contacted the ACLU after Ming's mother was told last year by the Wildflower Inn's events manager that the inn didn't host "gay receptions" due to the innkeepers' "personal feelings."