Company Closes Wedding Business Rather Than Cater to Same-Sex Couples

Wednesday, 26 Dec 2012 11:04 AM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
A    A   |
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
A Maryland businessman opposed to gay marriage has abandoned his lucrative wedding business rather than have to cater to same-sex clients.

Matt Grubbs, whose Discover Annapolis Tours shuttled wedding parties around on old-fashioned trolley cars, will lose $50,000 a year in his bid to avoid possible discrimination lawsuits, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Maryland is due to make same-sex marriages legal next week.

"We're a Christian-owned business, and we are not able to lend support to gay marriages," Grubbs wrote to one prospective client.

“And as a public accommodation, we cannot discriminate between gay or straight couples, so we had to stop doing all wedding transportation."

Equality Maryland, a gay-rights group, told the Sun that Grubbs’ decision appears to be an isolated case of a business owner exercising his rights.

"As long as he doesn't discriminate against other people, he's free to do whatever he wants to do, including withdrawing his business from the industry," said executive director Carrie Evans.

The Maryland law, which goes into effect Jan. 1, also stipulates that employers in the Old Line State must provide the same benefits to employees in a same-sex marriage that are given to straight workers.




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
   Email Us   |
   Print   |
   Forward Article  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Trump: Nevada Rancher in Position to 'Cut a Good Deal' With Feds

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 22:59 PM

Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump thinks Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy is in a strong position to cut  . . .

One Dead, Three Injured in Blast at Tennessee Ammunition Plant

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 21:58 PM

One person has died and three others were injured on Wednesday after an explosion at an ammunition plant in central Tenn . . .

Government Causes Generic Drug Shortage, Critics Say

Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 16:49 PM

A proposed Food and Drug Administration rule on product labeling will exacerbate shortages of generic drugs already resu . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved