Obvious conflict between freedom of religion and civil rights bestowed by the state on homosexuals. This is where we are headed with a national same sex marriage amendment and I'm sure its coming one day. This is precisely why government needs to get out of the marriage business and leave it as a private institution. No one wins in this situation. The proprietor obviously doesn't want to discriminate against homosexuals, in fact he states just this, but he is taking a religious conviction stance against gay marriage which frankly I agree with.
This case should go before the Supreme Court and they should rule that government has no business related to marriage which is a largely religious institution; 80% of marriages are performed in a church or synagogue. This is not a civil rights issue because all civil rights associated with marriage can be satisfied through Civil Unions. Liberal progressives want separation of church and state; then government needs to get out of the marriage business.
“He said he decided to get married, and before he got through I grabbed his hand and said, ‘I am sorry. I can't do your wedding because of my relationship with Jesus Christ,’" Stutzman told KEPR. This is the only wedding Stutzman has turned down in 37 years.
As the Herald reports, Ingersoll said Stutzman's reaction "really hurt," noting, "There was never a question she'd be the one to do our flowers. She does amazing work."
The case mirrors that of an Oregon-based lesbian couple, who were turned away from a local bakery when they sought a wedding cake.
"I believe that marriage is a religious institution ordained by God," Aaron Klein, who owns Sweet Cakes Bakery with his wife Melissa, is quoted as saying. Specifying that he does not consider himself to be anti-gay -- "I'll sell [gay people] stuff...I'll talk to them, it's fine" -- Klein also noted, "I'd rather have my kids see their dad stand up for what he believes in than to see him bow down because one person complained."
Similarly, in November 2011, a lesbian couple was denied a wedding cake by the Christian owner of an Iowa-based bakery. "I didn't do the cake because of my convictions for their lifestyle," Victoria Childress, who runs her bakery from home, told KCCI-TV at the time. "It is my right, and it's not to discriminate against them. It's not so much to do with them, it's to do with me and my walk with God and what I will answer [to] Him for."
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