The owners of a lodge in central Minnesota have agreed to pick up the tab for the wedding and reception of a same-sex couple they initially turned away.
Cole Frey and Adam Block have settled their discrimination complaint filed with the Minnesota Department of Human Rights against the owners of Rice Creek Hunting and Recreation, Inc., which operates a lodge used for weddings in Little Falls.
Frey, 20, said he and Block, 18, complained to the Department of Human Rights after the venue’s owners rejected their business because they were gay. Rice Creek employees initially told the couple the date for their wedding and reception was open, but then changed their minds.
The Department of Human Rights investigated and determined there was probable cause of discrimination by the lodge owners due to sexual orientation.
The department helped negotiate a settlement in which Rice Creek agreed to pay for the couple’s wedding and reception at another location as well as accommodations for out-of-town guests. Frey said the tab comes to around $8,500.
The attorney for the lodge owners, Paul Rogosheske, says they realized they made a mistake in refusing to accommodate the couple.
Bock and Frey were planning to be married Aug. 29 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls.