Historic barn’s ban on same-sex weddings prompts outcry

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A county tourism group is sticking by its decision to hold a meeting at a historic venue in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, despite an outcry of the locale’s policy banning same-sex weddings.

The Star Barn is a top wedding spot in Elizabethtown, surrounded by farmland, orchards and vineyards in scenic Lancaster County.

A teacher who recently attended a function there took to social media when he discovered the policy.

Owner David Abel tells PennLive.com same-sex weddings go against his Roman Catholic convictions.

Now, some business partners with Discover Lancaster say they won’t attend the annual meeting at the Star Barn on Thursday.

LNP reports the tourism group sent an email to members saying they chose Star Barn for the meeting long before the controversy, and say they understand if some members feel like they can’t attend.

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