Wedding Venue’s Same Sex Marriage Policy Litigated by Heterosexual Couple

2012-04-22 07.37.43Here’s an interesting article covering a lawsuit filed by a Pennsylvania heterosexual couple against a wedding venue that refuses to host same-sex weddings. The couple, after signing the contract and laying down the deposit, found out about the wedding venue’s policies. Disagreeing with the venue’s stance and not wanting to offend their own LGBT guests, the couple then requested the deposit back. The wedding venue refused, and of course, cue the lawyers.

Here’s an excerpt from the article, featuring my take on the issue of businesses discriminating against (or refusing service to, depending on what side of the aisle you are on) same-sex couples:

“If federal or state law doesn’t step in to stop these practices [discriminating against same-sex couples], the free market will and is,” Mr. Schenk said. “All around the country there are websites that say here are the gay-friendly venues and here are the ones that are not. Let those places that take a hardline against marriage equality just go out of business.”

Read the full article here.


Rob Schenk is one of the country’s most prominent “Wedding Lawyers,” a special designation for trial lawyers representing wedding and event industry professionals involved in business disputes and in transactional matters.
Rob was awarded Rising Star of 2015, 2016, and 2017 by Super Lawyers, an honor bestowed on only 2.5% of attorneys. Rob has previously been recognized by his colleagues with a Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating. Rob is licensed to practice law in Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, California, and New York.

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