Gay couple launch lawsuit against tiny town for discrimination against their business
A gay couple in a tiny town in America has launched a lawsuit against the town council for discriminating against them and their business.
Marc and Rusty Andrus live in Thayne, Wyoming, a small town with a population of approximately 366 people.
In 2015, the couple decided to buy a worn out property to make into their passion project.
They hoped to renovate the building and bring it up to standards so they could open a bar/restaurant called Rustlers Restaurant and Saloon.
However, the pair began to encounter hurdles and obstacles the closer they came to opening their restaurant.
From being prevented from applying for a bar and grill license to being forced to adhere to outdated regulations that other local businesses were not subjected too, the Andrus couple says that the town council did everything they could to make the journey a difficult one all because of discrimination.
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In the lawsuit, the two said that they were discriminated against because they’re gay, violating their due process rights.
As well as facing obstructions from the town council, the couple claimed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon church) had a direct influence on the outcome of their business and town decisions, which violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
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