I think we all have made choices about where to eat, stay, shop, etc haven’t we? Sometimes those decisions are financial, or sometimes maybe it is about location, and yep, sometimes, that decision might be based on poor service, or what we think is poor quality. For instance, there are four chains of steakhouses around me, no matter the names, and I refuse to go to two of them because their food is subpar, another I will go to for a drink after work, the beer is ice-cold, the service is good, but I only eat the few things that are good there. The other chain, Texas Roadhouse, I love, the food, and service rock, the atmosphere is good, and it does not have that chain restaurant feel that I loathe. It is head and shoulders above the others. Clearly I have made choices. Seems fair doesn’t it? So what does any of my dining choices have to do with freedom and Lesbian marriage?
Well, it seems that some folks are not satisfied with choosing NOT to do business with certain businesses. They prefer to try to force businesses to do business with them. This strikes me as strange. There are businesses I refuse to go to, because I or some family member has been treated in a shabby fashion. I do not wish to sue these businesses because they hurt my feelings, I simply stop doing trade with them. Hey if you do not want to sell me something, fine, someone else will, seems fair doesn’t it?
Well, increasingly, we are seeing Gay couples, rather than taking their business elsewhere, turn to lawsuits. We have seen bakeries, photographers, and now businesses that host weddings, threatened with lawsuits, or actually sued, because they refuse to do businesses with Gay couples. Isn’t it the right of a business to refuse service? It certainly ought to be, but, this simple truth seems to escape some folks
Two New York women who say they were turned away from a potential wedding site because they are lesbians have filed a discrimination complaint.
Advocates say the complaint filed with the state Division of Human Rights is among the first of its kind since New York legalized same-sex weddings last year.
Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy, of Albany, say they filed the complaint Oct. 11 after Liberty Ridge Farm told them they could not use the site for their wedding next summer.
“When we asked why [the owners told us], ‘That’s what my husband and I decided. We’ve been married a long time and it’s great you’re getting married and all, but you can’t do it here,’”McCarthy told WNYT-TV.
The farm has had a growing presence of weddings on its premises. This year, alone, 15 nuptials were booked. But with gay marriage being so new in New York State — and with this being one of the first cases of alleged discrimination – there’s no telling how the legalities will play out.
Despite critique, owner Robert Gifford is adamant about not hosting gay marriages at Liberty Ridge.
“I think it’s our right to choose who we market to, like any business,” he said in an interview with WNYT last week. ”We are a family business and we just feel we ought to stay down the family path.”
We often hear how those darned Christians are forcing their religion on others, yet, in these cases it seems it is Homosexual activists that are trying to use force of law. Again, this reminds me Atheists who want to join the Boy Scouts, but want the Scouts to completely change THEIR pledge, which mentions God, before they join. Talk about an entitled mentality! Again, pretty simple, if you REALLY want to join the Scouts, then YOU accept THEIR rules. If you really believe in freedom, then do not attempt to force a business into catering to you. Find somewhere else to get married, or buy a cake, or to get photographs made.