The Worldnetdaily has yet another article about the terrible plight of Christian wedding vendors who think they should be allowed to discriminate against anyone they want (gay people, of course). The article is entitled “Christian vendors locked out of wedding business.” But they are actually the ones locking others out.
Working in the wedding business always has been stressful but now there are new worries for Christians who hold a traditional view of marriage – they could be sued, fined or even put out of business if they refuse to provide service to a same-sex couple.
Just in the last two years, dozens of cake makers, photographers, florists and even farmers have been forced by state governments to provide their services to same-sex couples wanting to get “married.”
If they refuse, they are told they must offer their services to both heterosexual and homosexual couples, or not offer them at all.
For Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, it was an easy decision. While their main business is growing vegetables, they occasionally host marriage ceremonies in the lower level of their house and outdoors in a field. When a lesbian couple called to book the farm for their “wedding,” Cynthia politely declined.
But the couple secretly recorded the phone conversation and then immediately filed a complaint with the New York Division of Human Rights. Liberty Ridge Farm was fined $13,000 and ordered to start serving same-sex clients or none at all.“We have decided not to hold wedding ceremonies at all and we are not going to hold them on the farm until we are allowed to choose who we contract with,” Cynthia Gifford told WND. The couple, who are devout Christians, hired an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which specializes in religious liberty cases. They are now appealing their case to state court.
But you haven’t been able to “choose who you contract with” for the last half a century. You have been forbidden under federal law to refuse to do business with an interracial couple or an interreligious couple. There are lots of Christian business owners who would have a problem working with those couples too. Has their religious liberty been violated as well? Why is it only when it comes to gay people that you scream about religious tyranny?
The principle here is pretty simple: If you open a business, you open it to the public, not just to those your religion approves of.