Judge Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Couple in Discrimination Case

Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association Broke State’s Discrimination Law When It Denied Use of Its Pavilion for Couple’s Civil Union Ceremony FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666; media@aclu.org NEWARK – A state administrative law judge has ruled that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association violated the state’s Law Against Discrimination when it denied Ocean Grove residents Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster the use of its boardwalk pavilion for their 2007 civil union ceremony. The association had allowed members of the public to rent the pavilion and had never before declined a permit other than for scheduling conflicts until it received Paster and Bernstein’s reservation request. The association rejected the couple’s application to use the space, stating that civil unions violated its Methodist doctrine.