Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Illinois has been fined $81,000 by the state’s Human Rights Commission. In 2011 the B&B’s owner, Jim Walder, refused to host a gay couple’s commitment ceremony. The couple, Todd and Mark Wathen, will receive $30,000. An additional $51,000 was assessed in legal fees and court costs.
UPDATE: According to the B&B’s website:
…we cannot host civil unions or gay marriages at TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast. It is not an issue of fairness or equality, but an issue of right and wrong. We cannot be part of what God condemns. Be assured that we are not lawless, hateful, judgmental, bigoted, or activists by any definition. We did not initiate the present controversy. We are not the ones who voted to change the 6,000 year-old definition of marriage. We are just small business owners trying to be consistent in following God’s Word and living it out practically in our lives.
Homosexuality is a behavioral choice which has been historically viewed as immoral, sinful, and an abomination to God in Judeo Christian belief for over 6,000 years. This lifestyle can be adopted and abandoned. Yet it is being championed as equal to immutable human characteristics such as race, color, gender, creed, age, and national origin. It uses anti-discrimination laws as a bully club when dissenting Americans disagree with men trying to marry men, women marrying women, men changing to women, and women changing to men. It basically says that God is confused by marriage, family, and sexuality and that we need to correct his mistakes.
Rest assured, Mr. Walder, we will not bother you in the future with our patronage. We prefer not to fund lawless bigots. Neither do most fair-minded Americans. By the way, that little message on the website is a violation of the law.