The couple filed a complaint with the Illinois Department of Human Rights, which investigated and found "substantial evidence" that a civil rights violation had been committed.
The August finding allows the Wathens 90 days to file a complaint with the state Human Rights Commission or take civil action in Circuit Court. The Wathens' attorney, Betty Tsamis of Chicago, told the Tribune that her clients have chosen the latter path and will file lawsuits against both businesses as early as next week.
... Steven Amjad, an attorney representing Timber Creek, said the state constitution guarantees religious freedoms.
"These are business owners that have strong religious convictions. The Legislature has created this (conflict), and the courts will have to sort this out," he said.