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Iowa Venue Refuses To Host Same-Sex Wedding Due To “Religious Beliefs”

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By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           Aug 8, 2013
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  • 16 Comments
    • bigomega73
      bigomega73

      While people in the states that have legalized gay marriage may feel like it’s appropriate to sue businesses that refuse gay weddings based on religious beliefs, in reality they are only going to make it harder to make gay marriage legal in the other states. After all, this is the Great Fear that churches have been spewing forth from the pulpit all along, that if gay marriage become legal they will be forced to officiate gay weddings despite their beliefs. And these lawsuits just give them validation for that fear. In fact, I was one of those gays that laughed at that insinuation and called it ridiculous and that of course they would never be forced to do that. And others in the public media echoed this. Now it makes us look like we were lying to them all along. Were we? Was I also fooled by my own community?

      Aug 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • andy_d
      andy_d

      @bigomega73: The venue was NOT, repeat NOT, a CHURCH or other place of WORSHIP. It was a SECULAR BUSINESS, operating under COMMERCIAL LICENSE and therefore subject to the laws of the state, county and city in which it operates. Nice FAIL in the art of obfuscation.

      Aug 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @bigomega73: You were not fooled by anyone but yourself! If there is a law against discrimination against ANYone, that law is not at fault; the offending business is. Lil’ Ms. Betty SHOULD have been well aware of the consequences when she entered the business world! I tire of these whining, moaning ‘business victims’ who should have studied up on the laws and the consequences of their actions. Now she can be sued, fined, and hopefully never be able to resurrect her business nor start any others. These dopes will learn somehow… just probably too late!

      Aug 8, 2013 at 7:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ncman
      ncman

      The fear that churches have that they will be forced to officiate gay weddings has NOTHING TO DO with a business being expected to follow the non-discrimination laws in their state. In fact, these laws existed prior to the legalization of same-sex weddings. And, while cake bakers, photographers, party venues all must provide their services without regard to sexual orientation, no church HAS EVER BEEN FORCED to perform a same-sex wedding. And, none ever will be. Just like the Catholic church has never been forced to perform an opposite-sex wedding for a previously divorced couple.

      What is dangerous is for you to equate churches and their religious “rites” to businesses offering goods and services to the public and the public’s “right” to those goods and services being offered equally to all.

      Aug 8, 2013 at 7:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @andy_d: Thank you! People just don’t dig too deep for information these days… and the article was very succinct!

      Aug 8, 2013 at 7:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bigomega73
      bigomega73

      @Dakotahgeo: actually the article did not mention anywhere that the Gort Haus was not a venue for worship. I’ve been to church services in non-conventional churches so it was not immediately obvious. But thank you all for your rather bitchy replies rather than civilly pointing out that I may be incorrect about the venue. It’s nice to see what courteous and mature individuals make up the readership on here

      Aug 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • MK Ultra
      MK Ultra

      Religous beliefs don’t mean you can ignore any law you like.
      What they’re bascially proposing is “I should be able to murder anyone I want and get away with it because I’m a christian”
      talk about special rights!

      Aug 8, 2013 at 10:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Will L
      Will L

      @andy_d: You are absolutely correct. Since Iowa recognizes same-sex marriage, there’s no excuse for this. May she go broke from legal fees.

      Aug 8, 2013 at 11:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • stevens7676
      stevens7676

      @bigomega73: WHEN YOU GET STUNG BY A BEE ONCE A WEEK FOR 10 WEEKS, I PROMISE YOU WON’T EVEN FEEL THAT LAST ONE. Why passively allow discrimination? This place broke the law, STING THEM BACK.. after a while gay marriage is going to be an everyday thing..WE’VE got a WHILE TILL WE GET THERE… BITE BACK

      Aug 8, 2013 at 11:34 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @bigomega73: You really do need to get your head out of your assets, fella. I THINK you replied incorrectly and should have replied to andy_d as I never mentioned a “church venue” in my comment(s). You have a lot more serious problems than the obvious chip on your shoulder. Grow up/sober up before you comment again, little guy! Scheesch!

      Aug 9, 2013 at 12:54 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @bigomega73: And the business venue’s name was the “Gortz Haus,” Mr Precise of 2013!

      Aug 9, 2013 at 12:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Wisconsin Gazette
      Wisconsin Gazette

      Iowa isn’t the only state reporting faith-based discrimination issues – there are lawsuits pending in Colorado, New Mexico, Washington – just to name a few. For more coverage on the wide scope of discrimination being thrown at LGBT couples – click here http://tiny.cc/WiG-discrimination

      Aug 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • erasure25
      erasure25

      @bigomega73: Nope. You’re wrong. Selling something for money in a purely commercial establishment has nothing to do with practicing your religion. Furthermore, its not a carte blanche excuse to break any law you want. You might as well say its against your religion not to kill prostitutes.

      Aug 10, 2013 at 12:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • susansylvester
      susansylvester

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      Aug 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Ambrose
      Ambrose

      @Dakotahgeo: You’re right of course, but that’s completely overshadowed by your nastiness.

      Aug 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dakotahgeo
      Dakotahgeo

      @Ambrose: Thank you for noticing; I support your comment 100%! Do have a nice weekend! (Smiles!)

      Aug 10, 2013 at 4:09 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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