PDX center reverses gay rights event rejection

Portland event center apologizes for refusing to serve gay rights group
By Faith News Note

An event center in NE Portland has apologized for refusing to rent space to a gay rights group. The Ambridge Event Center, whose building is owned by the Holy Rosary Catholic Church, initially refused to serve Portland’s Black PFLAG chapter because they are an African American LGBTQ support group. The group threatened to sue the center, saying that their refusal violated the Oregon Equality Act, which prohibits discrimination against LGBTQ people by businesses that serve the public. The center’s manager apologized for their refusal and offered to give the group free space for their event. The group in turn has dropped the lawsuit.

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