Tenn. Wedding Venue Reverses Policy on Same-Sex Ceremonies
A Tennessee wedding venue that made headlines this week, after it was revealed its officials would not host a commitment ceremony for two gay Iraq War veterans, will change its policy on holding same-sex ceremonies, LGBTQ Nation reports.
The owner of Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville, Tenn., initially told couple Anthony Willfert and Brain Blas, who first started dating nine years ago when they met while serving with Fort Campbell, that the venue could not host their committeemen ceremony because gay marriage is not legal in Tennessee.
"It’s pretty disheartening. I would’ve thought in 2014 that we’re a lot more ahead of our time than we are," Willfert told Nashville, Tenn., NBC-affiliate station WSMV.
After the couple took a recent tour of the Mint Springs Farm, the men say an employee told them there would not be a problem with hosting a same-sex ceremony. They later received an email by the venue’s owner, who reportedly said:
"Unfortunately, until same sex marriage is legal in the state of Tennessee [sic], we cannot participate in this ceremony at our venue. I wish we could help, I truly do, but our hands are tied in this situation."
The owner also sent a statement to WSMV and said:
We are deeply sorry that a staff member of ours was unaware of our policy and truly understand the disappointment of this couple. Our employee was simply trying to be helpful to this couple who visited our venue after hours.