By Charles Layton
The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association said Friday it has not yet decided whether to appeal this week’s decision that it unlawfully discriminated against a lesbian couple in 2007.
The Camp Meeting issued a brief statement, saying only that it “has received the decision of the director of the Division on Civil Rights. The board will be scheduling a meeting to review the decision and consider its options.”
The Division on Civil Rights, a state agency, issued a ruling on Tuesday in favor of Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster, who had complained of discrimination after the Camp Meeting refused to allow them to hold their civil union ceremony at the boardwalk pavilion, which the Camp Meeting owns.
The Camp Meeting has 45 days from the date of that decision either to appeal it to the Appellate Division of Superior Court or to let the decision stand unchallenged.
The Division decided in favor of Bernstein and Paster on grounds that the pavilion was a public accommodation under the law. However, it assessed no penalties against the Camp Meeting, nor had the couple asked for any.
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