Illinois Inn Fined $80,000-Plus for Rejecting Gay Civil Union Ceremony

An Illinois inn that refused to allow a same-sex couple hold their civil union ceremony on the property was fined more than $80,000 by the Illinois Human Rights Commission.
An Illinois inn that refused to allow a same-sex couple hold their civil union ceremony on the property was fined more than $80,000 by the Illinois Human Rights Commission. (Flickr/Creative Commons)

An Illinois inn that refused to allow a same-sex couple hold their civil union ceremony on the property was fined more than $80,000 by the Illinois Human Rights Commission on Tuesday. 

An administrative law judge with the commission ordered TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast to pay $15,000 each to Todd and Mark Wathen for emotional distress. 

The Wathens had contacted TimberCreek in 2011 as they looked for possible locations for the ceremony. 

TimberCreek owner Jim Walder had responded to the Wathens' inquiry with an email that said "homosexuality is immoral and unnatural," according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. 

TimberCreek, located about 100 miles south of Chicago, must also pay $50,000 in attorneys' fees and $1,218.35 in costs. 

A representative from TimberCreek was not immediately available to comment. 

The U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June 2015.

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