An administrative law judge in New Jersey has found a Christian ministry guilty of discrimination for refusing to host a same-sex ceremony on its own property. Judge Solomon Metzger ruled that the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association violated a New Jersey law prohibiting discrimination based on “sexual orientation.”
Ocean Grove operates a Christian retreat used for summer camp meetings. The property includes a seaside boardwalk pavilion off the Jersey Shore that is often rented out for wedding ceremonies and other group celebrations.
In March of 2007 a same-sex “couple” asked to rent the pavilion for a “civil union” ceremony, which is legal under New Jersey law. The Ocean Grove Association declined the request, stating that such a ceremony would violate its religious beliefs.