Liberty Ridge denies same-sex wedding
October 17, 2012 11:57
When your engagement occurs at an apple orchard, the natural location for your wedding is a farm.
If you search "barn wedding Albany" on Google, Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke is the first result to pop up.
"It fit into our budget and was beautiful," recalled Melissa Erwin of Albany.
So Erwin and her fiancée Jennie McCarthy got busy planning. Together for three years and engaged for one, the two hoped to marry in summer of 2013, but Liberty Ridge responded that the site wasn't available -- not because it was already reserved, but because they're lesbians.
"That's when she said, 'Now we have a problem,'" remembered Erwin.
"When we asked why, it was just, 'That's what my husband and I decided. We've been married a long time and it's great you're getting married and all, but you can't do it here,'" added McCarthy.