Pa. Wedding Venue Under Fire For Refusing To Accommodate Same-Sex Couple

“Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility,” a wedding planner from the Inne of the Abingtons told a Pennsylvania couple.

A Pennsylvania wedding venue is under fire for refusing to allow a same-sex couple to marry at its facility.

The Scranton Times-Tribune reports that the Inne of the Abingtons, located in North Abington, recently refused an inquiry from a Greenfield Township woman because of her sexual orientation. 

Desiree Mark had requested information via the facility’s website about holding a wedding at the venue. She received a return response from Courtney Killeen, a wedding and event planner at the inn.

“Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility,” Killeen said in the email, which was widely circulated on the internet after Mark’s mother posted it to her Facebook page. “I truly do hope you find somewhere that will fulfill all your wedding dreams.” 

In May, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that the state's same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples in the Keystone state to marry within Pennsylvania’s boundaries. 

But Killeen told the Scranton Times-Tribune it is the inn’s policy to refuse service to same-sex couples.  “I don’t agree with it,” she told the publication, adding the policy was put in place by owner John O. Antolick.

The refusal from the inn to accommodate the same-sex couple set off an online firestorm, with dozens flocking to the Inne’s Facebook page to offer their viewpoints on the issue.

“Can not believe this crap exists in 2014. Never bothered to review your facility since nothing impressed me. Mediocre experience. The food was terrible, grounds were ok, 1/2 class facility. Now you are a full fledge, low class, nothing. People have the right to their opinions but do not have the right to discriminate. You disgust me!!!!,” wrote reviewer Wendy Doloff

“There was a time when one could also refuse service to someone because of race or religion. That was wrong and is now illegal. The same is true for choosing not to serve someone because of sexual orientation. It is a violation of civil rights. I hope the owners come to realize this,” reviewer Steven Nathan wrote.

Others who commented on the Facebook page expressed support for the Inne.

“Thanks for standing up for God and for traditional marriage. He will reward your faithfulness. I will support you and will speak to anyone and everyone I can for standing on God's Word. I'll pray for increased success for your business. God bless!,” wrote reviewer Jack Munley. 

“Stand your ground! There is no reason our civil rights should be trumped by someone who decides to try to force us into have a gay wedding. Have your wedding somewhere else,” wrote reviewer Dianne Becker.

On its website, The Inne of the Abingtons, describes itself as a "breathtaking" facility perfect to celebrate life's most memorable moments. 

"From a grand wedding reception to a small intimate gathering, our experienced staff will cater to every detail allowing you to enjoy yourself, your guests, your memorable moment," the Inne's website says.

"We'll be there with you from our first meeting until your last guest leaves."

What do you think? Is it right for wedding venues to refuse to accommodate same-sex couples? 


Marybelle Beachy July 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Wallst: Yes we have choices. We can choose to sin or not to sin. Since adultery is a sin, I chose not to commit the sin. God's word says "ALL have sinned and come short of the glory of God", Romans 3:23. This is the ultimate LOVE - "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." -- Romans 5:8. God has been mentioned many times in this exchange, but another person is very much at work in man's hearts seeking to whom he can devour and that is Satan. He delights in making man think he knows everything and is superior to his Creator trying to reason away the sin.
Bret Bingen July 15, 2014 at 11:56 AM
People always have a choice on whether or not they commit acts that are an abomination in God's eyes, and they can choose whether or not they seek his forgiveness for thoughts that are sinful. You don't just "accidentally" do gay acts.
Marybelle Beachy July 16, 2014 at 09:56 AM
I'm new at this. Can someone tell me why there is a shaded "delete" beside each of my comments and everyone else has a shaded "flag" beside their comments. Just curious.
Marybelle Beachy July 16, 2014 at 11:51 AM
Thank you. I thought since none of my comments were chosen to be posted on the Newtown Patch that they might have been too '"religious." Thanks again for clearing that up.
Marybelle Beachy July 16, 2014 at 01:28 PM
I understand. Thank you.


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