The post politely declined the same-sex union, apologizing, and recommending other locations. Eyewitness News asked the owner of the facility about the post, but we were quickly asked to leave. Many people in the community agree, the privately owned establishment has a right to turn down business, but many disagree with they reason why.
John Waering, of Wilkes-Barre, says "they have a right, you know, but I am saying the way things are going in this country, it's not good for business." Crystal Colon, of Factoryville, adds "I think it's wrong. I believe if you are in love, it shouldn't matter. People have to get used to the fact that this is what the world is now, you know? People are coming out and it is a great thing."
In the midst of the controversy, another popular wedding venue in the area is capitalizing on The Inne of the Abington's lost business by releasing this statement:
"The Ramada Clarks Summit is a locally family owned and operated business simply trying to affirm its commitment to the community; one we have served for many years. We are very happy to provide our services to everyone, and we're currently offering a 15% discount until the end of July to ANY couple who books their wedding reception at the Ramada Clarks Summit. While we are overwhelmed and humbled by the attention this has garnered, we look forward to a time where a Facebook post about same sex weddings is not seen as controversial."
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