Lesbians vs. Christian business owners

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

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 the lesbians.

Staver, Mat (Liberty Counsel)Liberty 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 freedom.

"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 suggests.

"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 couples."

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.

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