A New York couple ordered to pay $13,000 for refusing to host a same-sex wedding at their rural farm because it conflicts with their Christian belief are reportedly ending their legal fight.
A state appeals panel ruled in January that Cynthia and Robert Gifford's refusal was unlawfully based upon sexual orientation, and the couple won't challenge the January decision, the Daily Signal reports.
"We looked at the road ahead, we saw that we had an uphill climb, and I think the Giffords wanted to get on with their lives — as committed as they are to the cause," their lawyer, James Trainor, tells the Daily Signal. "It took its toll on them as a family and a business."
The dispute began in 2012, when Cynthia Gifford, citing her Christian beliefs about marriage, refused to have the wedding of Melisa Erwin and Jennifer McCarthy at the Gifford's Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y. north of Albany.