N.J. rules against church group...

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Fri, 01-02-2009 - 1:46pm

N.J. rules against church group in lesbian case
Group was wrong not to rent out property for couple's civil union, state says

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J. - A church group that owns beachfront property discriminated against a lesbian couple by not allowing them to rent the locale for their civil union ceremony, a New Jersey department ruled Monday in a case that has become a flash point in the nation's gay rights battle.

The New Jersey Division on Civil Rights said its investigation found that the refusal of the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association to rent the oceanfront spot to the couple for their same-sex union in March 2007 violated the public accommodation provisions of the state's Law Against Discrimination.

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Fri, 01-02-2009 - 4:03pm

This is very close to where I grew up. The whole town was founded, and I believe is still owned, by the Methodists. (Dry town, etc.) They apparently though wanted the tax advantages of offering this space to the public. I suppose they didn't realize that that meant they could no longer discriminate in the use of that space.

It's also interesting b/c the next town up is Asbury Park, which was once a pretty happening summer resort, then fell on some pretty bad hard times, and most recently has been undergoing a (slow) rebirth - mostly due to the presence of a growing gay community buying property for vacation homes (there, rather than say, the Hamptons on LI).

I'd be glad to see the old boardwalk restored in Asbury. And Ocean Grove is a pretty little town, but you want tax abatements, you have to treat everyone equally!

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Sat, 01-03-2009 - 9:07pm
GO JERSEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D




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