The Christian owners of a New York farm where marriage
ceremonies are held now face a discrimination complaint because
they refused to allow a lesbian couple to use their facility for a
"wedding" ceremony. Such unions are now legal in the state.
Robert and Cynthia Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm, are
committed Christians who, because of their beliefs, object to
same-sex unions. But according to New York law, they cannot refuse
Counsel founder Mat Staver tells OneNewsNow the incident
illustrates the clash that would come from homosexual activism,
"and now it's here." The loss, he says, goes against religious
"I believe in this situation what they'll ultimately say is that
now that same-sex marriage is authorized, it's no different than
having [the point of contention be] race," the attorney
"Therefore, if you were to exclude couples from your facility
where you're otherwise doing weddings because of their race, it'd
be the same as if you exclude them because they're same-sex
The attorney points out that that is what has happened in states
where same-gender marriage has been legalized.
"Everyone ought to wake up and realize this is a zero-sum game
-- There is a winner and there is a loser. There is no compromise;
there's no middle ground," Staver insists, "and that's because the
homosexual agenda, pushed by the same-sex marriage movement, is
absolutely intolerant to religious liberty or any other kind of
moral values that [do not] accept it as normative."
The Giffords now face a complaint lodged with the New York State
Division of Human Rights.