NJ: Administrative Law Judge Solomon Metzger ruled that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) violated state discrimination laws when it refused to allow a same-sex union on its own property in 2007. Judge Metzger found that the OGCMA, a Methodist group, owns a boardwalk pavilion – an area the rents out for weddings – was a public space advertised as a wedding venue with no mention of religious preconditions.
The OGCMA may choose to appeal the decision as their position, via Jim Campbell, an attorney representing the church, is that “the government should not be able to force a private Christian organization to use its property in a way that would violate its own religious beliefs.”
For full article see NJ judge says church illegally banned gay ceremony on its own property by Joe Newby, Spokane Conservative Examiner.
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