A person who answered the phone at the venue on Wednesday said it does not book same-sex weddings. The individual, who decline to share their name and said they worked in event support, referred a reporter to the general manager, Cameron Norris. In a brief phone conversation, Norris did not provide further clarity on the venue’s policies.
As a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Oz has has been supportive of same-sex marriage. After Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suggested the court reconsider its landmark 2015 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, Oz indicated he would support a federal law to codify same-sex marriage.
“I’m proud to join this effort with fellow Republicans. I believe that same-sex couples should have the same freedom to get married as straight couples,” Oz tweeted in September.
Oz campaign spokeswoman Brittany Yanick did not immediately return a request for comment about the campaign’s decision to host an event at the venue.
Oz is running against Democrat John Fetterman in a competitive race seen as central to determining which party controls the Senate.
Stone Gables Estate received public attention in 2019 when its policy on same-sex marriages created an uproar. A local tourism organization, Discover Lancaster, was scheduled to have a luncheon there and canceled, according to website PennLive.
The owner of the property, David Abel, at the time defended his policy, telling PennLive, “No persons will be discriminated against; however … we cannot participate in any event that would be in contradiction” to core tenets, “one of them being marriage, which has been biblically based for thousands of years as being between a man and a woman.”
Abel is also a supporter of Doug Mastriano, the Republican nominee for governor in Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Tierney, have donated about $30,000 to Mastriano’s campaign this year, according to campaign finance records.
Oz, who is trying to appeal to the more moderate swing voter in Pennsylvania, has distanced himself from Mastriano, a far-right candidate who has espoused a Christian nationalist viewpoint. Oz and Mastriano have not campaigned together, aside from appearing at a rally with former president Donald Trump in September. They are both scheduled to be at a Trump rally in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Oz has worked to consolidate support from the Republican establishment, while many GOP leaders in the state have shunned Mastriano.