Thursday, March 31, 2016

ALJ Recommends Damages Against B&B That Rejected Civil Union Ceremony

In Wathen v. Walder Vacuflo, Inc., (IL Hum. Rts. Commn., March 22, 2016), an Illinois Human Rights Commission Administrative Law Judge-- after a recommended finding of liability entered last September-- recommended imposing damages of $30,000 for emotional distress arising out of a bed-and-breakfast's refusal to host a same-sex civil union ceremony, as well as $51,218 in attorneys' fees and costs.  The ALJ also recommended issuance of a cease-and-desist order and an order requiring Timber Creek Bed-and-Breakfast to host a celebration ceremony for complainants at 2011 rates. Reporting on the decision, WAND News published a statement from the B&B owner, who said in part:
We are not looking for a fight, but when immoral laws are purposely passed (or deemed constitutional) that blatantly conflict with God’s Word and when the heavy hand of government tries to force us as Christians to embrace sinful behavior, we have a moral obligation to resist and stand for Biblical truth.