All Occasion Party Place in Texas Won’t Rent Out Facility to Gay Couples

A couple in Texas planned to hold their wedding reception at the All Occasion Party Place just outside of Fort Worth, Texas, but they were told by the owner that she couldn’t accommodate them.

Because, you know, the couple consists of two men and they would probably get Teh Gey all over the walls:

“It is because of God that I will not be a part in your reception, and I know he loves you, but not what you are doing,” All Occasion Party Place employee Robin Hearne is quoted by the news channel as having written to [Justin] Hudgins in an e-mail. “I simply said I can not rent to you which is also my right.”

The couple, who will tie the knot in Mexico on April 6, say they were “floored” by the encounter.

“It almost felt like a sucker-punch to the face,” [Ben] Allen told NBCNFW. “I thought, in today’s day and age, for someone to deny you simply because you date someone of the same sex, it doesn’t really make sense to me.”

Because the venue is not within the Fort Worth city limits, it’s not subject to the city’s anti-discrimination laws. Which means the owner is going to discriminate because she can. Which just offers more evidence that, when left to their own accord, many Christians are incapable of being kind, decent, civilized, non-judgmental people.

Of course, gluttony is a sin but I’m sure she lets overweight people rent out her hall. And I’m sure she think pre-marital sex is a sin, but I doubt she asks renters about what goes on in their bedrooms. And divorced people celebrating a second marriage? What about atheists — are they allowed to rent out the place? And I’m sure there’s a plank in her own eye, but why remove something that’s irrelevant to her…?

On a side note, I didn’t suggest that owner Robin Hearne was a Christian until the blockquote. But was there really ever any doubt in your mind? It’s takes the love of Jesus to be this much of a bigot.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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