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California winery reverses ban on same-sex weddings after a reporter proved they discriminate

Sep 13, 2019

By Alex Bollinger

Just a day after a California winery was publicly called out for its “overt homophobia” in refusing to host a lesbian couple’s wedding, it turned around and said it would allow the wedding.

Dezanea Reyes and her fiancee Alex Biddle tried to book Viaggio Estate & Winery in San Joaquin County for their wedding, but the women were turned away because the owners said they have “a very strong personal religious belief regarding marriage.”

The winery’s events director Angelina Hodgson sent an email that said that owners Larry and Teri Lawrence “understand that California statutory law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, and they don’t like to think they would ever discriminate on that basis even if a law allowed them to do so.”

Even if they “don’t like to think they would ever discriminate,” they went on to do just that.

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