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Monday, October 22, 2012

Video: Wildflower Inn Owners Appear in Anti-Same Sex Marriage Ad in Maine

Posted By on Mon, Oct 22, 2012 at 1:52 PM

Last year, a lesbian couple sued the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville when it refused to host the couple's wedding reception due to the owners' religious beliefs. That case came to an end this summer, when the inn agreed to pay $30,000 as a part of a settlement with the couple.

Now Jim and Mary O'Reilly, the owners of the Wildflower Inn, are appearing in a TV ad opposing same-sex marriage in Maine, where voters will decide whether to overturn the state's same-sex marriage ban on Election Day. "A lesbian couple sued us for not supporting their gay wedding because of our Christian beliefs," Jim says in the ad, which was paid for by a group called Protect Marriage Maine.

The Portland Press Herald calls the ad "misleading" and "mostly false," since the innkeepers were sued for breaking a 1992 anti-discrimination law, not the 2009 same-sex marriage law. Watch it for yourself below.

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