Proponents of same-sex marriage said it wouldn’t come to this…
Now we have learned of a couple in New York who were fined
$13,000 USD for declining to host a wedding ceremony for a lesbian couple on their property, Liberty Ridge Farm.
The couple was also ordered to provide sensitivity training to their staff and display material on their property outlining the state’s anti-discrimination laws.
The farm’s owners Robert and Cynthia Gifford, both Catholic, had communicated to the lesbian couple that holding a same-sex wedding on their property would violate their religious beliefs. The Giffords believed marriage ought to be between a man and a woman.
In it’s ruling, the New York State Division of Human Rights (DHR) completely ignored the Giffords’ First Amendment rights. The ruling has denied their religious freedom.
Sadly the Giffords are just the latest victims of redefining marriage.
The introduction of same-sex marriage laws in the United States has seen a number of similar court cases where Christians have been denied their religious freedom.
In a recent submission to the Recognition of Foreign Marriages for Same-Sex Couples inquiry, the Australian Christian Lobby cited
many such examples. Many people had faced serious legal sanction because of their conscientious objection to participating in same-sex weddings
Sadly the Gifford’s case demonstrates that redefining marriage has serious implications for religious freedom.
Their situation should serve as a warning to Australian lawmakers.