Illinois couple defiant despite $80G fine for refusing gay union at B&B

The Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Ill., regularly hosts weddings like the one above, but its owners refused to host a gay union in 2011.

The Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, Ill., regularly hosts weddings like the one above, but its owners refused to host a gay union in 2011.

(SOURCE)   An Illinois couple who refused to host a gay civil union ceremony at their idyllic bed and breakfast five years ago was defiant Tuesday after being ordered to pay an $80,000 fine and hold a celebration for the pair.

Jim and Beth Walder, owners of the Timber Creek Bed & Breakfast in Paxton, rejected Mark and Todd Wathen’s rental inquiry in 2011, telling them they “believe homosexuality is wrong” and refusing their patronage.

The state had recently passed a law allowing civil unions, and the pair filed a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission, which argued their case before an administrative law judge. That judge ruled against the Walders last September, and this month imposed the fine, which included $30,000 in damages and another $50,000 for legal fees.

“We may be out of step with an increasingly anti-Christian culture, but we are in compliance with God’s design…”

– Jim Walder

“Evidently religious freedom does not exist within the Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act or the Illinois Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,” Jim Walder said in a statement provided to FoxNews.com. “In our opinion, neither the State of Illinois nor the U. S. Supreme Court has the authority to tamper with the definition of marriage.”

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, which filed a brief in support of the gay couple, Jim Walder also told the pair “homosexuality is immoral and unnatural” and that “it’s not too late to change your behavior.”

In the last five years, gay marriage has become much more widely accepted, culiminating in last June’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution guarantees same-sex couples the right to marry.

“We may be out of step with an increasingly anti-Christian culture, but we are in compliance with God’s design and that is what ultimately matters,” Walder said.

The Walders were also ordered in the recent court ruling to cease discrimination of same-sex couples, a violation under the Illinois Human Rights Act. Walder said he will not comply with the order and plans to appeal the fine.

The Walders were ordered to pay the Wathens $30,000 in damages and another $50,000 to their attorneys.

Attorneys for Todd and Mark Wathen did not immediately return requests for comment, although Todd Wathen recently released a statement regarding the ruling.

“We are very happy that no other couple will have to experience what we experienced by being turned away and belittled and criticized for who we are,” Todd Wathen said in the statement.

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6 comments

  1. SweetJava

    Good for them to stand for the right to say “no”. For the right to follow their conscious, for the right to believe in God and His sovereignty, for the right to believe in the sanctity of marriage as God has ordained. No one should be force to do anything against their will. There are plenty of other venues that cater to the needs of individuals, if ONE fails to.

    What happen to this country?
    Is it now a running joke, that this country was once a God fearing, “In God we Trust”, sovereign nation..?.. Founded on religious LIBERTY. Freedom from religious persecution. Yet, the world at large AND this once ‘beacon of light’ nation has turned secular, where anything goes except anyone believing and standing for the principals of God Almighty.
    I guess the key words is ‘it once was’. It appears we’re pitted against one another in every aspect of our lives to cause strife, animosity and fear. And no one seems to care. This does not bode well for this country or the world. The time is coming if we don’t hold fast to our liberties we are bound to loose them and then what..?..

    Wake up people, our liberties are eroding and again no one seems to care. God help us all.
    We can’t keep turning our backs on God’s truths and come out unscathed. Regardless of one’s beliefs or not His truth is still the truth! (as you so often say Gordon.) There are plenty of proofs out there if one cares to look. We prospered because we once believed in His Word. Take Him away from the picture and we cause our own demise. The day is coming when EVERY man/women will answer to Him. Who will be able to stand this scrutiny..?.. Everyone starts off being in the Book of Life, its up to us to stay in it by our conduct and behavior, by our constant reliability and trust in God. Having Him in our hearts. Woe to the individual who is lacking.
    God bless us all. Maranatha!

    • Gordon King

      Thanks for your comment SweetJava!

      You are absolutely right! The morals and values of our society are degrading to the point of no return. Not only are they degrading, but Christians in America are being told that they cannot practice their faith without grave repercussions! What happened to America? Our forefathers must be turning in their graves!

      Because our God is a patient God, most believe that they can get away with doing whatever it is that they want. This is at some point in time going to come back on America in judgement! Not only judgement, but the seeds of which we have sown will grow into something very ugly.

      God bless! Maranatha!

      • Annemarie Herning

        So good to see this faithful couple standing strong in God’s word Gordon they will get their reward in Heaven God Bless Them. ..it’s the same here in Australia God has been taken out of our schools,army, boy scouts etc etc we are not even allowed to put up a nativity setting in our businesses at Christmas, and no one says boo ..all because we are told it will offend some people yes I know who they are pandering too (Muslims ) …I agree with sweet java and yourself Gordon. .taking God out of the picture will bring destruction. ..no morals gays walking hand in hand in the streets on our TVs ..our innocent childern being taught how to cross dress in primary school .I don’t even like watching the news anymore. …Yet it seems like no one cares or they don’t see the evil that is permeating our nation. …God Bless Gordon Maranatha Speed The Day

  2. SweetJava

    You as well Gordon, have spoken truth, my friend. I’m afraid the seed that’s been sown is already turning ugly…

    We’ve taken God out of everything and have brought in every evil spirit. Did you hear this month April 2016, on the 19th in New York City’s Time Square, there’s going to be erected the gateway/entrance to Baal, as a celebration of ancient civilization. So close to Passover, no less. It just blows the mind to think the only good thing that ISIS did was to destroy this monument in the Middle East and America is erecting it in NYC. God help us. There’s also one going up in London and other countries are thinking about doing so as well. HELLO!
    Ask yourself what kind of gateway are they opening, in erecting such evil in different parts of the world..?.. (Is this to coincide with CERN?) This is the abyss where the evil one is coming from… And they’re calling it a celebration to ancient times, do they not know it’s a celebration to the god of Molech, where children were sacrificed to, were dances of promiscuity were performed. Or are they so delusional they don’t care..?.. Lev. 18:21 states “And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.” Jeremiah 32:35 gives a warning of famine and pestilence… its an abomination… Looks like America has sealed her fate in so many ways… “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Rev. 18:4

    Have your full armour on, we’re in for some serious spiritual warfare. Pray without ceasing and always looking up my friend, for our redemption is at hand! We are not to fear!
    May our Lord keep us save and out of harms way, may He keep us from evil, may He keep us in His wings till the storm passes over us. And give us His strength to stand. In Jesus’ Holy Name I pray, Amen. Maranatha!!.

    • Gordon King

      Thanks SweetJava!

      Yes, I have heard of the Baal Arch being built in New York City and London! Unbelievable! This is what our country has come to.

      We all need to pray like never before!

      God bless! Maranatha!

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