A wedding reception venue in Northeastern Pennsylvania has reportedly received threats of violence after news broke Thursday that the owner is refusing to accommodate gay wedding receptions.
Several news media outlets have reported that a staff member at the Inne of the Abingtons in North Abington Township, Lackawanna County, responded to an email from a woman inquiring about a same-sex wedding reception for her and her partner by writing: “Unfortunately, we do not hold same sex marriages at our facility.”
The venue’s wedding and event planner went on to say: “I truly do hope you find somewhere that will fulfill all your wedding dreams.”
A flurry of negative reviews criticizing the venue owner were posted on the Inne of the Abingtons’ Facebook page Thursday, along with suggested photos depicting screen shots of the email from the event and wedding planner.
John Dawe, executive director of the NEPA Rainbow Alliance confirmed he was told that threats of violence and vandalism had been directed at the venue, and that he and the alliance decry this or similar types of action.
“The NEPA Rainbow Alliance, Inc. does not agree with any venue’s choice to discriminate, however, we respect their right to do so, just as they should respect our right to promote those venues who are welcoming to gay couples with open arms. We will continue to press for laws to make discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression illegal a reality,” Dawe said in a written statement.
“That said, we also decry those who have sent hateful and threatening messages to the owners and management of the Inne of the Abingtons, and will support law enforcement in any way possible in investigating any threats or acts of vandalism or violence,” Dawe said.
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