Rob and Cynthia Gifford were fined $13,000 for politely declining to host a same-sex marriage ceremony on their property. (YouTube)
When Cynthia’s phone rang that September evening in 2012, she was prepared for a usual inquiry about using the farm for a wedding ceremony. Nothing could have prepared her for what ultimately followed: a demand from the state that they violate their faith to host a same-sex ceremony in their own home.
A few weeks ago, we introduced you to Rob and Cynthia Gifford, the couple who was fined $13,000 for politely declining to host a same-sex marriage ceremony on their property. Thursday, Oct. 2, Alliance Defending Freedom-allied attorney Jim Trainor filed a petition in New York state court asking for review of a New York State Division of Human Rights decision.
The government should not force people to violate their faith, and in this case, force people to choose between their faith and their business, for several reasons:
The government shouldn’t have the power to force people to do something they believe is wrong in their own home or back yard.
As ADF-allied attorney Jim Trainor said: “The Constitution prohibits the state from forcing people to promote a message that violates their religious beliefs and conscience. Particularly disturbing is that, in this instance, it’s happening in someone’s own home.
“The Giffords didn’t discriminate against the couple.
They made it clear that the women were welcome to any other events on the farm and were willing to host the wedding reception. They turned down the ceremony, which they could not in good conscience host.
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