August 11, 2011
LYNDONVILLE, Vt. (AP) - The owners of a Vermont inn have been granted an extension for replying to a lawsuit filed by a lesbian couple who said the inn refused to host their wedding reception.
The deadline for a response to the suit by Ming Linsley and Kate Baker was Monday, but it has been extended to Aug. 22.
The two were told the Catholic beliefs of the owners of the Wildflower Inn made it impossible for them to host the reception.
Inn owners Jim and Mary O'Reilly have said they never refused service to gays or lesbians but that they won't host a same-sex event because marriage should be between a man and a woman.
Allen Gilbert, executive director of the ACLU's Vermont chapter, tells the Caledonian Record such postponements are routine in court cases.
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