Kate Baker and Ming-Lein Linsley have won their discrimination lawsuit against the Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville, Vermont.

The owners of the inn have have agreed to pay $30,000 in fines and damages and have acknowledged that they broke the law when they refused to host the couple's wedding reception because they are gay.

Linsley's mother, Channie Peters, was first greeted warmly by the inn's staff, but she received a “bad news” e-mail shortly after she disclosed that her daughter was marrying another woman.

“I have bad news,” the e-mail's subject line stated. “[D]ue to [the owners'] personal feelings, they do not host gay receptions at our facility.”

Jim and Mary O'Reilly, who opened the inn in 1997, argued that they were complying with a 2005 decision by the Vermont Human Rights Commission that stated that while it was illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, the inn could advise potential customers of the O'Reilly's religious beliefs.

The ACLU of Vermont represented the women in the case.

“What this settlement makes clear is that you can't discourage and get away with it,” said Dan Barrett, an attorney for the ACLU of Vermont. “Discouragement or any unequal treatment of LGBT customers is [legally] the same as an outright refusal.”

The couple said they would give “the largest chunk” of their settlement to gay teen suicide prevention group The Trevor Project.