Even a same sex marriage believer sees how uncivilized and un-American it is to fine a couple for not wanting to host a same sex “wedding.”
Here’s a great editorial from the New York Post: “Couple fined for refusing to host same-sex wedding on their farm.”
This article gives me a very small measure of hope we can turn back the tide of playing “gotcha” using highly discriminatory “non-discrimination” laws to persecute people for Biblically-founded beliefs. The author supports so-called same-sex “marriage,” but thinks it’s wrong to prosecute people who don’t feel the same way.
Cynthia and Robert Gifford are caught in a same-sex nightmare. They’ve been forced to defend themselves against claims that they’re lesbian-hating homophobes.
“We respect and care for everyone!’’ Cynthia Gifford told me. “We had an openly gay man working for us this past season,’’ she said.
“We’ve had a woman who’s transitioning to be a man. We don’t discriminate against anyone.’’
But the government of the state of New York sees things differently. The Giffords, who own the bucolic Liberty Ridge Farm in upstate New York, were ordered to pay a total of $13,000 — a $10,000 fine to the state and another $1,500 to each member of a lesbian couple to compensate them for “mental anguish.’’ All because the Giffords, devout Christians, refused to hold a same-sex wedding ceremony on the property on which they live, work and have raised a daughter, 17, and a son, 21.
It is clear this lesbian couple’s intent was to punish Christians they assumed would respectfully decline their business—otherwise, why record the phone call?
“We’ve gone from tolerance to compulsion,’’ the Giffords’ lawyer, James Trainor, told me. “State government should not be forcing people to violate their own religious beliefs, nor should they be forced to make a choice between making a living and violating their own faith.’’ Financial losses have forced the Giffords to let go a full-time event planner.
Robert and Cynthia Gifford are decent people being punished for acting on their faith. This kind of government bigotry should appeal to no one, whether he or she (or one of no gender) identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, androgynous . . . or even straight.
Freedom, and liberty of conscience. What interesting concepts.