NY business fined for refusing lesbian wedding won't appeal

AP News
Posted: Feb 23, 2016 2:46 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The owners of an upstate New York wedding venue fined $13,000 for refusing to host a lesbian wedding say they will not appeal a court ruling affirming that they violated the state's anti-discrimination law.

Robert and Cynthia Gifford cited their conservative Christian beliefs in refusing to host the 2013 wedding of Melisa and Jennie McCarthy at Liberty Ridge Farm, north of Albany. A state appeals court in January rejected the Gifford's argument that their rights were being violated and upheld a ruling from the state's Division of Human Rights.

A lawyer for the Giffords said in a statement Tuesday they would not appeal. The lawyer says the couple is evaluating how to run their business "under a legal regime that disregards their convictions."

The McCarthys married at another upstate farm.