CHARLOTTE, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – An Eaton County orchard and cider mill at the center of a religious liberty case involving its presence at a farmers market has settled with the city of East Lansing.
The Country Mill Orchard and Cider Mill and the city of East Lansing have reached an undisclosed settlement.
In August, U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney ruled that the city’s move to exclude Stephen Tennes’ farm from the 2017 farmers market infringed on his religious beliefs and ruled the city hadn’t demonstrated a “compelling interest” for barring him.
The lawsuit dates back to 2017 when the city denied Tennes a vendor’s license for the farmers market. East Lansing had changed its vendor guidelines so the city’s anti-discrimination policy applied to vendors.
The decision to ban Tennes from the market came after he publicly announced he would not allow same-sex weddings at his Charlotte-area business because of his religious beliefs.