Colonial Motel

Couple Denied A Motel Room

On Saturday September 24, 2011/early morning September 25, 2011 (approx 3 AM), my wife and I (a legally married lesbian couple) were looking for a hotel/motel room in Utica, NY we are from. As newly weds we were staying with family until we moved to Connecticut on September 30, 2011. We wanted to have time alone and we didn't want to wake anyone up so that is why we were looking for a room to stay in for the night. All of the hotels/motels in the immediate area were booked, so as a last resort we stopped at the Colonial Motel located at 2242 State Route 5 Utica NY 13502. The sign outside the motel said "Vacancy", so we went in. We rang the bell and a man (not sure if he was the owner) came to the window of the motel office. My wife asked if he had any rooms available and the price of the room. The man responded with "yes, 1 room with 1 bed, $55 a night, but no 2 men and no 2 women allowed". My wife and I became very angry and left the motel office. We sat in the car for a few minutes trying to comprehend what had just happened. We were mortified to have experienced such discrimination. I am writing to you because as lesbian, I am aware of my rights and that any business can refuse service but cannot bluntly tell you it is because of your sexual orientation, because then it becomes a discriminatory act. I have a registered complaint with the Better Business Bureau, written a letter to the editor of OD and have written to the Attorney General. I am sharing this story with you because I feel it is unfair to be treated this way in not only America, but also in NY where same sex marriage is recognized and legal. It disgusts me to think that a business can operate this way and treat other human beings like garbage just because they choose to live and love differently.

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