It’s nearly 2013, yet some people can’t seem to stop living in the past. And by past I mean 2012. Same-sex marriage is about to become legal in Maryland, but discrimination trumps equality and apparently, income. Specifically, the owner of Discover Annapolis Tours has decided to forgo $50,000 a year because his “Christian convictions” somehow make him believe that icky gay people getting hitched will somehow affect straight couples. Or something.
He’d rather shut down a source of income and avoid legal hot water (and legal gay married people) than allow any loving couple– gay or straight– to ride on his Straight Love and Lifelong Monogamous Commitment Only wedding trolley cars. Waving good-bye to revenue works better for him than allowing married gays and lesbians to enjoy a wedded bliss jaunt on his anti-gay rights, anti-civil rights wedding vehicle.
Via the L.A. Times:
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A company whose old-fashioned trolleys are iconic in the city’s wedding scene has abandoned the nuptial industry rather than serve same-sex couples. [...]
While most wedding businesses across the country have embraced the chance to serve same-sex couples, a small minority has struggled to balance religious beliefs against business interests.
Frank Schubert, the political strategist who ran campaigns against same-sex marriage in Maryland and three other states, said, “The law doesn’t protect people of faith. It simply doesn’t.”
Protect them from what exactly? Gay cooties? Same-sex couples’ magic ability to abruptly turn opposite sex partners gay?
Discover Annapolis Tours owner Matt Grubbs:
“The law exempts my minister from doing same-sex weddings, and the Knights of Columbus don’t have to rent out their hall for a gay wedding reception, but somehow my religious convictions don’t count for anything.“
Don’t be silly. Your religious convictions count for a lot! Like seeing some people as less equal than others, f’rinstance.
Prospective client Chris Belkot responded to Grubbs:
“It is your right to run your business any way you see fit, but let’s be honest here, you drive a trolley up and down a street. Not exactly God’s work.“