SCHAGHTICOKE -- Even with a state ruling and a court decision against them, the operators of Liberty Ridge Farm may have found a way to avoid having same-sex weddings there after all.
The Schaghticoke tourist farm and wedding venue was in the headlines
in 2014 when the state Division of Human Rights ruled that operators
Robert and Cynthia Gifford couldn't discriminate against same-sex
couples who wanted to get married there.
Now, though, the farm notes on its website that it donates a portion
of its profits to the Family Research Council, a Washington, D.C.-based
group that opposes same-sex marriage and believes that homosexual
conduct is wrong.
"At Liberty Ridge Farm, our deeply held religious belief is that
marriage is the union of one man and one woman, and the Farm is operated
with the purpose of strengthening and promoting marriage. In
furtherance of this purpose and to honor and promote our moral and
religious beliefs, we donate a portion of our business proceeds to
organizations that promote strong marriages such as the Family Research
Council," its online statement reads.
"The patronage of all potential clients for all services offered is
welcome regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sexual
orientation, military status, sex, disability or marital status. ... All
couples legally permitted to marry in the state of New York are welcome
to hold their wedding at Liberty Ridge Farm. We serve everyone
Liberty Ridge also has a number of agritourism attractions ranging
from animals to corn mazes and pumpkin patches, and hosts field trips
for local schools.
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Great Saturday Service of the Annunciation (appx 4 hrs)
Great Saturday Reading of the Acts (appx 2 hrs)
Great Saturday. Midnight Office with the Canon of Great Saturday (appx ½ hr)
THE GLORIOUS RESURRECTION OF CHRIST. PASCHA. Paschal Procession of the Cross, Matins, Hours and Liturgy (appx 3.5 hrs)
Paschal Vespers (appx 40 mins)