MN Makes Clear: Individuals, Businesses, Nonprofits All Face Lawsuits From SSM


The Minnesota Department of Human Rights today released rules listing all of the individuals who now face lawsuits for not recognizing redefined marriage -- they include:

MNThe [gay marriage] law does not exempt individuals, businesses, nonprofits, or the secular business activities of religious entities from non-discrimination laws based on religious beliefs regarding same-sex marriage.

Therefore, a business that provides wedding services such as cake decorating, wedding planning or catering services may not deny services to a same-sex couple who is planning a wedding based on their sexual orientation.

To do so would violate protections for sexual orientation laid out in the Minnesota Human Rights Act. The individuals denied services could file a claim with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the entity that discriminated against them.