“So they, in that conversation — they ascertained that this was two men,” Williams said. “It’s a husband-and-wife operation. The wife was on the phone with David, and she said, ‘Well, we don’t accept non-traditional couples.’”
Williams, who married Schaefer five years ago in Boston after being together 35 years, said his spouse tried to “push back a bit” on the Stafford House owner, but she remained firm in denying the reservation. Williams, a racehorse breeder, said the owner also told Schaefer, a physician, that unmarried opposite-sex couples would be unable to obtain a reservation.
“There were no harsh words,” Williams said. “Apparently, the husband is a minister and it’s a religion-based policy that they have. And that was that. I guess we’ll stay at the Marriott.”
After publishing the article, the B&B said they have since updated their policies, but the original restrictions were within their legal right as business owners.
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Mark & I have always joked that our commitment ceremony was signing the mortgage on our Monument Avenue home in 1991. We never considered matrimony until it offered tangible benefits, so with the Supreme Court’s momentous decision and the IRS’s ruling, we were ready. DC is the closest place where we could get legal, but [...]