AG sues B-and-B over gay union stance

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PAXTON, Ill. (WAND)- Attorney General Lisa Madigan has announced her office is suing the owner of a Ford County bed-and-breakfast that refused to host a gay couple’s civil union in 2011.

Todd and Mark Wathen said TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast owner Jim Walder told them the facility would not host same-sex ceremonies and sent follow-up emails critical of homosexuality.

In 2016, a judge found that the business had discriminated against the Wathens. The Illinois Human Rights Commission ordered the business to pay the Wathens more than $80,000 in damages and attorney’s fees. The IHRC also ordered the business to allow the Wathens to celebrate their civil union and TimberCreek within one year.

Madigan announced Tuesday that she had filed the suit in Ford County Circuit Court against the business, alleging the business has failed to comply with the 2016 decision.

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