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#1 NY Farm fined (13K) for refusing to host gay wedding in their private residence
08-20-2014, 04:37 PM
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They've hosted receptions for homosexuals before, but not the ceremony itself. Here, the Christian owners of the farm refused to have the homosexual "wedding" performed in their home. New York fined them 13K. Remember, this is their private residence
NY Farm fined for refusing to host gay wedding
By Rick Moran
New York farmers who host birthday parties and other events must pay a $13,000 fine because they refused to host a gay wedding.
The couple, Cynthia and Robert Gifford, have hosted gay wedding receptions in the past. But because weddings are conducted on the first floor of their house, Cynthia Gifford refused to host a gay wedding ceremony of two lesbians because of her Christian faith.
A judge ruled that the GIfford private residence isn't so private after all.
New York farm owners who rent their facilities for birthday parties and wedding ceremonies have been fined thousands of dollars for refusing to host a lesbian wedding.
Cynthia and Robert Gifford were fined $10,000 and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the lesbian couple after they refused to hold the wedding at their Liberty Ridge Farm near Albany, Religion News Service reported.
When Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin asked the Giffords to use the facility for a 2012 wedding, Mrs. Gifford, a Christian, said she could only host their reception on the farm, but not the wedding. Weddings typically are conducted on the first floor of the Giffords’ home, and Mrs. Gifford argued the lesbian wedding would “literally hit too close to home,” RNS reported.
New York City Administrative Law Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that the Giffords’ farm, which is also their home, is a place of public accommodation and is therefore subject to New York’s anti-discrimination laws, RNS reported.
“The fact that the Giffords also reside at Gifford Barn,” the decision says, “does not render it private.”
The couple must now pay $13,000 in fines and restitution. The Giffords’ lawyer, James Trainor, said they are considering whether to appeal or pursue further legal action, RNS reported.
“Liberty Ridge Farm … has employed gay people and has conducted events for same-sex couples,” Mr. Trainor said. “The Giffords’ objection was to hosting and participating in the wedding ceremony itself and not to providing service in general to lesbians.”
08-20-2014, 05:51 PMMrs. Gifford...said she could only host their reception on the farm, but not the wedding.
Losers.Be Not Afraid.
08-20-2014, 05:53 PM
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08-20-2014, 06:02 PM
The wishes and whims of a deviant minority are shoved further into the homes and lives of civilized people who choose to have no part in it...
08-21-2014, 02:05 PM
Welcome to New Gomorrah.The Obama Administration: Deny. Deflect. Blame.
08-21-2014, 02:38 PM
At the risk of being tongue and cheek(s) they would prefer to have only carpet cleaners certified by the better business bureau.
08-21-2014, 02:44 PM
It is a farm, right?
Let them have their ceremony in the cow pasture.
Seems like a nice, natural spot...
I am sure there is an -ist or -phobic term for that...
But right now I am not in a very caring mood.
These whiny 'celebrants' need to learn to respect and/or tolerate those that respect and/or tolerate them.
BBSocial Order at the expense of Liberty is hardly a bargain - Marquis de Sade
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