CHICAGO (CBS) — A mixed faith couple has filed a discrimination complaint with the state, after being told they could not have their wedding at an inn in Galena, because they wanted a non-religious ceremony.
Jonathan Webber and Alexandra Katzman put down a deposit for a May 14 wedding at the Stillman Inn in Galena.READ MORE: Bears Reportedly Hiring Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus As New Head Coach
“They wanted to get married there, because it was the place where they had gotten engaged,” ACLU attorney Rebecca Glenberg said.
Webber is Christian and Katzman is Jewish, but they wanted a non-denominational wedding.
In November 2015, months after making the reservations and paying the deposit, they wanted to finalize things and met with Stillman Inn owner David Anderson.
Glenberg said it was then that Anderson told the couple he would only be willing to perform a Christian wedding.READ MORE: Cook County Sheriff's Data Reveal Most Popular Cars Targeted By Carjackers, Most Common Methods
“It was, frankly, a huge inconvenience for them, as well; as they had let the innkeeper know months earlier that they wanted to use the inn, that they wanted a non-religious ceremony,” she said.