Christians sued for not allowing homosexual ceremonies
Once you start down the path of redefining marriage to include anything other than the exclusive union of a man and a woman, it's not long before those who firmly disagree with that redefinition begin to see their values come under assault. And that is just what has happened in Illinois.
Christian bed and breakfast owners are being sued by homosexuals for not allowing the use of their facilities for a gay "civil union" ceremony. And since (as of this June) the state of Illinois legally allows such unions, the complaint is over discrimination, and the Illinois Attorney General's office is investigating.
From the story:
The owner of the first B&B, the Beall Mansion of Alton, Ill., had told the complainant, Todd Wathen of Mattoon, IL, that they only let out their premises for weddings. The Christian owners of the second, Jim and Beth Walder of TimberCreek Bed and Breakfast of Paxton, had a similar response.
In the course of e-mail correspondence with Jim Walder, Wathen argued: “starting June 1st, a civil union is a wedding, you have to get a licenses at the county clerks office, it is just not a marriage ... but a legal wedding ... so aren’t you discriminating against me and my partner, because of our sexual orientation??”
Walder, father of five, explained that he would not host such ceremonies “even if they become legal in Illinois.”
“We believe homosexuality is wrong and unnatural based on what the Bible says about it,” he said. “If that is discrimination, I guess we unfortunately discriminate.” ...
Of course this wasn't good enough for the homosexual partners-to-be. Just like (seemingly) everyone else in America who doesn't get their way, they threatened to take legal action and take their case to the state's Human Rights Department and claim discrimination based on sexual orientation. They replied by saying that the business owners should "keep their opinions to themselves". What they really mean is to keep the expression of their Christian values to themselves.
The story points out that owners of bed and breakfasts have been targeted in the England for years, facing legal challenges and even fines for sticking to their Christian convictions. And other participants in the wedding business, such as photographers, are also coming under attack.
A related article on the story notes how the "couple" in question shopped around to numerous venues, contacting many that had not problem hosting the event, until they found two that refused out of moral principle. Then they went legal. In other words, you have a case of liberals looking to use the judiciary to punish Christians for their values.
It's bad enough for a state to grant any sort of legal recognition to homosexual relationships, but it is quite another to threaten legal action (and someone's livelihood) for refusing to accommodate it. But this is what follows when you give in to the basic premise of legal recognition to begin with.
In other words, it's not, as gay marriage supporters would have people to believe, all about their "right" to love whomever they wish, because attendant to granting any such "right" is (eventually) a demand on the rest of the public. Legal recognition is de facto government approval. And that results in someone else's rights, in this case religious rights, being discriminated against.
Their aim is to make it unacceptable (and in some cases illegal) to disapprove of or judge them in any way. At the end of this slippery slope, expressing or living in accordance with your faith will be against the law.
But they knew that when they proposed the law to begin with.