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France: Another Mayor Refuses to Officiate At A Same-Sex Wedding

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

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Mayor Marie-Claude Bompard of Boliene, France has refused to marry a lesbian couple, citing her religious beliefs.

Pink News reports:

Amandine Gilles, 33, and Angelique Leroux, 27, hoped to be married in their hometown in south-eastern France on 10 September. But on Friday Bollene mayor Marie-Claude Bompard met them and told them that she would not carry out the ceremony because it was against her religious beliefs. She said she would also refuse to lawfully delegate another councillor to carry out the ceremony. Ms Bompard is a member of far-right split from Marine Le Pen’s Front National, the Ligue du Sud (Southern League), led by her husband, Jacques.

Aren’t French mayors legally obligated to perform wedding ceremonies, or at least to delegate someone to do so? If her religious beliefs so motivated her, would she also decline to perform a wedding for a Muslim couple?

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Colorado, USA: Lakewood Baker Won’t Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, But Will for a Dog Wedding

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

ColoradoLovely. A gay wedding is off-limits for the Colorado baker because of his religious principles, but a dog wedding, hey, that’s fine. Queerty reports:

Stephanie Schmalz and her partner Jeanine were on the hunt for cupcakes to feed guests at their commitment ceremony back in January. The couple wasn’t surprised after being turned away by the notoriously homophobic owner of Masterpiece Cake Shop, but they were rightfully offended. Jack Phillips, the bakery’s owner, has been in hot water before for refusing service to a number of gay couples in the Denver area, telling one that he “would not provide cakes for pedophiles,” and another that his policy is based on “reading of the word of God.” Shortly after Phillips refused to work with the lesbian couple, Schmalz gave him a call back. This time, she requested a cake for Roscoe and Buffy, two dogs that were celebrating a small marriage ceremony with 20 other guests. Phillips gave Schmalz a quote, and asked for the wedding date.

The sanctity of marriage is harmed by gays and lesbians marrying, but dogs, somehow, manage to uphold the dignity of the institution?

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Washington, USA: Lawsuit Filed Against Anti Marriage Equality Florist

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Attorney General Bob FergusonA florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay couples’ wedding is being sued by the state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, LGBTQ Nation reports:

The complaint was filed in Benton County, Wash., on Tuesday against Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland. The lawsuit is in response to a March 1 incident where she refused service to longtime customer Robert Ingersoll. Attorney General Bob Ferguson had sent a letter on March 28 asking Stutzman to comply with the state’s anti-discrimination law, but said Stutzman’s attorneys responded Monday saying she would challenge any effort by the state to enforce the law.

In related news, an Etsy.com guest book cover designer is refusing to work with a lesbian couple because of her Christian beliefs. Queerty reports:

Jami Howard was searching for guest book covers for her own same-sex nuptials when she happened upon Paledesigns, which featured Mickey ears and balloons on happy couples. What started as cordial back and forth with the owner, identified on the shop page as Jessica Fong, went awry when Howard revealed that she had a same-sex partner… “After talking with my pastor and praying about the situation, I decided that I shouldn’t design your guestbook for you. Please know that I did take this into much thought though. Because I am a Christian and I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman, I feel that designing a customized guestbook for you two will be against my belief and will mean that who I am and my business supports gay marriages.”

I always feel a little conflicted about these stories, and a little sympathetic toward the owners. But I’ve found a useful trick – substitute the word “black” or “mexican” (or any other ethnicity of your choosing) for the word gay. Then see how these statements sound.

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Texas, USA: Gay Couple Refused Use of Wedding Venue “Because of God”

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Ben Allen and Justin HudginsA gay couple in Fort Worth, Texas, was searching for a venue for their upcoming wedding reception, and was turned away from the “All Occasion Party Place” for religious reasons. The Dallas Voice reports:

The owner of the All Occasion Party Place told Ben Allen and Justin Hudgins that she would not rent to them because they are gay, they said. After learning they are gay, she said in an email to them that: “… it is because of God that I will not be a part in your reception and I know he loves you but not what you are doing.” “It almost felt like a sucker-punch to the face,” Allen said.

Same story, different place.

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Arkansas, USA: Restaurant Turns Away LGBT Center Fundraiser, Compares Group to KKK

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

ArkansasLovely. A restaurant owner in Fort Smith, Arkansas, has turned away a proposed fundraiser for an LGBT community center, explaining that if he opened the door to the gays, he’d have to let the KKK in too. Think Progress reports:

I called them and told them that I — we’re not going to have that at Sisters, we had no plans for that and there were no reservations to hold any kind of fundraiser or anything like that. I told them that I do not support their cause, that if they want to do that that’s their business. I do not care, but I don’t support their lifestyle and their cause. What I told the lady on the on the phone, look I said if the KKK came here and wanted to hold a fundraiser rally and all that, I wouldn’t allow that either. This is a private club and I have the right to refuse service to anyone.

Because they’re basically the same, right?

Oregon, USA: Baker Refuses to Make Cake for Lesbian Wedding

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Oregon Gay MarriageWhat is it with bakers? In Oregon, we have another report of a Christian baker who will not make a cake for a gay or lesbian couple. On Top Magazine reports:

“My first question is what’s the wedding date,” Klein said of the mother and daughter who showed up at his store. “My next question is bride and groom’s name … the girl giggled a little bit and said it’s two brides.” According to King5, Klein explained that he and his wife do not make cakes for gay weddings. The women, disgusted, walked out. “I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God,” he said. “A man should leave his mother and father and cling to his wife … that to me is the beginning of marriage.”

You may remember the cake shop in Washington that refused to make a wedding cake for a gay wedding last year?

Or the baker in Iowa that refused to make a wedding cake for another lesbian couple in 2011?

Maybe they should all band together as Bakers for Inequality. 🙂

Netherlands: Registrar Who Refused to Marry Gay Couples is Fired

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

The registrar in question is Wim Pijl, a former councillor for the Christian Union. In a recent interview with national newspaper Trouw he said he had strong moral objections against marrying gay and a lesbian couples.

The interview prompted a meeting with council officials in which Mr Pijl refused to retract his statements. As a result, the council informed him that his services were no longer required. Mr Pijl says he intends to fight his dismissal in court.

The council recently presented an emancipation policy document in which it rejects the cabinet viewpoint that registrars should be allowed to refuse marrying same-sex couples on religious grounds. The cabinet recently postponed further debate on the issue indefinitely.

Full Story from Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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