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Two gay central Illinois men recently said, "We do," to having a civil union ceremony. But two bed & breakfasts they approached about hosting it responded, "We don't."

The men's fight against the establishments highlights what advocates say is a growing battle between religious freedoms and gay civil rights.

Todd and Mark Wathen say they plan to file civil lawsuits against the B&Bs.

Both the Beall Mansion in Alton and the Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast in Paxton told the couple they weren't willing to host a civil union.

An attorney for Timber Creek says cases like this one are crucial for "people of faith" who don't believe the government should curtail their religious rights.

The Wathens end up having their ceremony at their Mattoon home.

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