The owners of the Wildflower Inn in Vermont, Jim and Mary O'Reilly, have admitted to anti-gay discrimination.

Lesbian couple Ming Linsley and Kate Baker have sued the innkeepers for refusing to host their wedding reception.

The lawsuit, filed by the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) Vermont chapter, claims the 24-room inn violated Vermont's Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act, which prohibits establishments with five or more rooms from discrimination based on sexual orientation. Religious organizations are exempt from the law.

According to the lawsuit, Linsley's mother, Channie Peters, was told the inn does not host gay events.

“After our conversation, I checked with my Innkeepers and unfortunately due to their personal feelings, they do not host gay receptions at our facilities,” an employee told Peters in an email titled “bad news” after she had contacted the inn.

The O'Reillys said in a statement released to the AP that their faith prevented them from holding such ceremonies.

“We have never refused rooms or dining or employment to gays or lesbians. Many of our guests have been same-sex couples. We welcome and treat all people with respect and dignity. We do not however, feel that we can offer our personal services wholeheartedly to celebrate the marriage between same-sex couples because it goes against everything that we as Catholics believe in.”

“This case is about discrimination, plain and simple,” the ACLU said in a statement. “When a business that is open to the public refuses to serve two people and their guests solely because the two people are a same sex couple, it is no different than restaurants not serving individuals because they were black, or other businesses keeping out women or Jews. It is discrimination and it is illegal.”