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NY's Liberty Ridge Farm Tells Lesbian Couple: You Can't Marry Here, We're a Family Place: VIDEO

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Melissa Erwin and Jenny McCarthy hoped to marry at the Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York but the farm denied their request because they're lesbians, WNYT reports:

GiffordThis year Liberty Ridge has 15 weddings booked.  Nuptials are a growing market for the 26-year-old farm, but owner Robert Gifford is adamant -- they don't host same-sex marriages.

"I think it's our right to choose who we market to, like any business," Gifford explained during an interview at the farm Friday afternoon.

It appears that will be up to New York to decide. The state's Human Rights Law bans places of accommodation from discrimination against individuals based on sexual orientation.

"It seems like the women would have a strong argument that it is a place of public accommodation," said David Fallon, a discrimination attorney with Tully Rinckey Law Firm who is not representing the couple.

Gifford added that Liberty Ridge "[is] a family business and we just feel we ought to stay down the family path."

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  1. I am so tired of ignorant people using the word family to exclude us.

    Posted by: Tom in long beach | Oct 23, 2012 12:20:53 AM


  2. Read those FB comments...since when is hate a family value? It made me too nauseated to even post over there.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Oct 23, 2012 5:27:23 AM


  3. our legislators can't be fiscally responsible yet they force laws on the individual that would foster monies for campaigns and create the illusion of they're doing something. i'm sure the girls could buy admission to the maze and get lost.the issue is, marriage means something all together different to these two parties.laws addressing discrimination are not for the common good.they are for minorities.it appears that mr gifford is the smallest minority right now,and i would defend his rights.

    Posted by: beasty | Oct 23, 2012 10:26:56 AM


  4. Would they discriminate against me if I told them I had had premarital sex, had an abortion, used birth control pills or the morning after pill, had my life changed by stem cells, etc. Maybe they should investigate/question anyone who wants to have a wedding or other event there to be sure these people do not go against their religious beliefs.

    Posted by: Barbara | Oct 23, 2012 11:46:48 AM


  5. Absolute idiots. As if the heterosexuals OWN the word "family" and homosexuals cannot at all be what that word represents. These people have no brains and it really irritates me when they use that word against homosexuals.

    Posted by: JAMES | Oct 23, 2012 6:50:12 PM


  6. when are americans going to stop letting the minority dictate to the majority? if the neo nazi party held a huge rally on that farm i'm sure there would be a big backlash. likewise if the ku klux klan burned a cross on this man's farm there would be quite a furor and so it should be. let the so called self righteous people let this AMERICAN run his farm and leave him alone.you believe in what you want and let him believe in what he wants. don't tell this man how he has to think .that doesn't sound too american to me. it really sounds like a czarist government to me . AMERICA the right of choice or so i thought.

    Posted by: edwin braley | Oct 24, 2012 12:57:24 AM


  7. Edwin - the point you are trying to make is not correct. The farm could have a policy of "we do not allow gatherings to support political causes," or "we do not allow cross-burnings," and be well within the law. The reason? Because this would apply to everyone, not to a specific group of people. For that matter, they could simply say, "we don't allow weddings here." But instead, they have targeted a specific group of people, and that is where they have broken the law.

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 25, 2012 2:38:53 PM


  8. Edwin - the point you are trying to make is not correct. The farm could have a policy of "we do not allow gatherings to support political causes," or "we do not allow cross-burnings," and be well within the law. The reason? Because this would apply to everyone, not to a specific group of people. For that matter, they could simply say, "we don't allow weddings here." But instead, they have targeted a specific group of people, and that is where they have broken the law.

    Posted by: Brad | Oct 25, 2012 2:38:56 PM


  9. Show your support!
    http://www.facebook.com/BoycottLibertyRidgeFarm

    Posted by: Bri Cat | Oct 26, 2012 8:49:06 AM


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