ADF: “NJ judge: Ministry engaged in ‘wrongdoing’ by adhering to its faith”

January 12, 2012 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NJ judge: Ministry engaged in ‘wrongdoing’ by adhering to its faith

Judge says declining to open private, beachside place of worship for same-sex ceremonies violates state law

TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey administrative law judge recommended Thursday that the state’s Division on Civil Rights find the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association in violation of a state nondiscrimination law. The judge concluded that the ministry violated the law when it declined to allow two women to hold a “civil union” ceremony at its beachside pavilion, one of the ministry’s privately owned places of worship.

Alliance Defense Fund attorneys representing the ministry say they are considering their next steps in the case and argue that the ministry is simply exercising its constitutionally protected right to use its private property in a way that is consistent with its religious beliefs.

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Case Name: Bernstein v. Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association

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