In July the Inne at the Abingtons did not permit the booking of a same-sex so-called wedding at their facility citing the owners religious beliefs as the reason. A social media firestorm ensued, leading to one heterosexual couple cancelling their event and demanding a refund of the non-refundable deposit and further demanding three times that amount for ‘damages.’ The American Family Association of Pennsylvania (AFA of PA), a statewide advocate for religious liberty, asserted at the time that the resulting lawsuit was the true reason for the push for passage of SB and HB 300, which would add “sexual orientation and gender identity or expression” to the PA Human Relations Act.
The Lackawanna County business, the Inne at the Abingtons, has told a lesbian couple that they cannot hold their “wedding” ceremony at their facility. The Columbia County business, W.W. Bridal Boutique in Bloomsburg, has told another lesbian couple that they do not serve same-sex couples. Bloomsburg is the home of Bloomsburg University, so it is much more liberal than North Abington Township in Lackawanna County, the home of the Inne at the Abingtons. Homosexual activists are pulling out all the stops as they zero in on the W.W. Bridal Boutique, determined to make them change their policy or put them out of business as they did Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon.