Fuquay-Varina wedding venue denies same-sex couple marriage

"The fact that we don't have access to things that other people have equal access to is discrimination in my eyes."

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JONAH KAPLAN: Well, it is for that decision for gay couples wishing to get married. And anyone thinking, the Supreme Court, well, didn't they just rule on that? Not really. What the Supreme Court did was, it talked about protections based on gender identity, sexual orientation in the workplace, not when it comes to all businesses.

So meet McCae Henderson and Ike Edwards. They just got engaged on Valentine's Day. They're now in the wedding planning stage.

They reached out to several venues across the region, including Highgrove Estate in Fuquay-Varina. When McCae and Ike told them they'd be a groom and groom, the estate writing back, the owner is choosing not to participate in same-sex weddings at this time. But still recommending other venues that would welcome them.

The owner tonight telling us, off-camera, they're saddened by the couple's frustration. But want them to understand this is not personal, and based solely on religious conviction. The couple, not wanting to force the venue to host them, but shocked it even got to this point.

MCCAE HENDERSON: We do not want them to have to do something they don't want to do, on one hand. On the other hand, I think excusing this behavior and these beliefs is kind of over. It's no longer acceptable to be racist. It is no longer acceptable to be homophobic.

JONAH KAPLAN: The managers and the owners at the venue tonight also telling us that there's actually been a threat they've had to report to the police. But coming up tonight on the news at 11:00, we dig deeper into the law about non-discrimination here in North Carolina, and what could be changing in the future. Plus, we'll hear more from that owner in an exclusive statement to ABC 11. We're live here in Raleigh, Jonah Kaplan, ABC 11 Eyewitness News.