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Illinois bed & breakfast fined $81K for declining to host same-sex ceremony

December 02, 2016

The owners of Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois, have been fined over $81,000 for declining to host a homosexual civil union ceremony in 2011.

The Illinois Human Rights Commission has declined to review an administrative judge’s ruling that the owners must pay $30,000 for emotional damage and over $51,000 in attorneys’ fee. The owners, Jim and Beth Walder, plan to continue their appeals.


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  • Posted by: unum - Dec. 03, 2016 8:31 AM ET USA

    The moral leadership by U.S. Catholic bishops is now at zero, as our prelates continue to duck freedom of religion issues. U.S. Catholics are asking, "What does out Church stand for except fund drives and bureaucracy?" It's no wonder that Catholics are also asking, "Who is in charge of our Church?"

  • Posted by: opinionated1945 - Dec. 02, 2016 6:56 PM ET USA

    Remember how homosexual marriage "wasn't going to impact anybody else"?

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Dec. 02, 2016 11:31 AM ET USA

    Too little, too late. I agree with "feedback" that the bishops should start defending religious liberty. However, this should have begun the week that the current Administration took office nearly 8 years ago. If a nobody like me was forced at the end of his inaugural week to protest on the President's anti-Catholic initiatives, then the bishops should have been all over him at the same time. But of course that would have violated the boundaries of PC imposed on us by the worldly.

  • Posted by: feedback - Dec. 02, 2016 7:48 AM ET USA

    This is a time for the Catholic Bishops to speak up defending religious liberty. Their silence invites persecution.