Venue changes policy to allow same-sex ceremonies - WSMV Channel 4

Venue changes policy to allow same-sex ceremonies

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NOLENSVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Owners of a Nolensville event venue who denied services to a same-sex couple have had a change of heart.

On Saturday, Channel 4 News reported Iraq War veterans Anthony Wilfert and Brian Blas were told by an employee they could hold their same-sex commitment ceremony at Mint Springs Farm in Nolensville.

But days later, the couple was contacted by an owner at Mint Springs Farm, telling them they couldn't host a same-sex ceremony until gay marriage is legal in Tennessee.

Since that story aired, Mint Springs Farm has changed its policy and will now host commitment ceremonies for same-sex couples.

Wilfert and Blas told Channel 4 News they declined an offer for a free ceremony at Mint Springs Farm but they appreciate the venue's change in policy.

The full statement from Mint Springs Farm follows:

"As owners of Mint Springs farm, we have had time to regroup and reflect. We have reached out to the community and started a dialogue with Tennessee Equality Project. The Executive Director, Chris Sanders, was able to meet with us. In order to move forward, we have decided to change our policy. We will offer commitment ceremonies for any future couples that have a legal license from other states or countries. We also want to broaden this offer to include couples who simply want a commitment ceremony with no intention of obtaining legal marriage license. This will be our policy moving forward, it will remain true to all future prospective clients."

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