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NY State Sues Farm For Not Holding Same Sex Marriages

From Albany’s Times Union:

HRC fines upstate farm for same sex marriage refusal

By Rick Karlin | August 14, 2014

The decision from the state Human Rights Commission, technically known as Division of Human Rights was just mailed out and the parties are just now receiving it: Rensselaer County’s Liberty Ridge Farm has been fined a total of $13,000, including $1,500 to each of the two women they turned down when they said “no” to hosting a same sex marriage for religious reasons.

Is that all? That’s just a slap on the wrist. They should have their farm taken away from them.

The NYCLU which helped represent the couple, hailed the decision.

Because the ACLU is so concerned about protecting the liberties of Americans. Except any civil liberties, such as the freedom of religion, that they don’t like.

“This ruling sets an important precedent protecting the rights of LGBT New Yorkers, and will help ensure that businesses understand New York law and treat all patrons with the dignity and respect they deserve,” said Donna Lieberman of the NYCLU.

“We hope this decision will protect all New Yorkers from having to go through the hurt that we experienced,” Jennifer McCarthy added in a release.

We smell a civil lawsuit demanding huge damages for mental anguish. Which will be a cakewalk after this ruling by the state.

Jim Trainor, the lawyer for the farm and owners Cynthia and Robert Gifford, said they might appeal. He contends that that the Giffords’ objection focused on the religious part of a wedding and that they have held other events for same sex couples.

If you have a business or provide a service you are not allowed to practice your religious beliefs. Ask anyone. (Like a Muslim foot cart operator.)

He also said that since the case started, the US Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision held that a small business doesn’t have to violate its own religious convictions. “To us it’s about those religious freedom rights,” said Trainor.

How naive can you get? To think that Supreme Court ruling still count. Especially, if the left doesn’t like them.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “NY State Sues Farm For Not Holding Same Sex Marriages”

  1. Reality Bytes

    Gays are not above being heterophobic. Once over dinner my wife & I were referred to as BREEDERS by one of our “Gay” guests.

    Funny, so many seem more angry than gay. I think it’s too high an expectation to keep up don’t you?

    Last time I checked a farm falls into the private property category.

  2. Mental Anguish? In the worldview the God of the Bible and I share, lust for the same sex produces mental anguish ..

  3. bousquem25

    What happened to the adult thing to do instead of being childish. If a business doesn’t want to hold your event for any reason, go somewhere else. Where is it in the US constitution that you have the right to force a private entity to host your events and can sue if they decline to. How long is it going to be before we have same-sex couples suing a church for not having a ceremony in their building? It seems like saying no based on religious reasons means nothing anymore in these moonbat blue states.

    The ACLU adds and removes “rights” as they see fit when it works for them and their clients who belong to the protected class(es) of the day. I guess the idea of the constitution being a living and breathing document means that they can treat it like a Wikipedia article of adding “rights” out of mid air or taken from a UN document or some liberal blog. Of course actual rights in the constitution they don’t like (like the second amendment) are fossils of a bygone era or have to be viewed in a new light that allows spying and persecution of those who don’t agree with you but protect the ACLU/liberal cause supporters (when convenient).


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