The Baltimore Sun reports that Maryland trolley ompany Discover Annapolis will no longer give “Just Married “ trolley rides and tours because in November same-sex couples can be married.
Owner Matt Grubbs wrote to a potential client, a straight man, Chris Belkot, that his company is Christian and therefore won’t participate in Maryland’s inclusive laws
“We’re a Christian-owned business, and we are not able to lend support to gay marriages,” Grubbs wrote. “And as a public accommodation, we cannot discriminate between gay or straight couples, so we had to stop doing all wedding transportation.”
Grubbs then had the nerve to urge Belkot write to his representatives to “request they amend the new marriage law to allow an exemption for religious conviction for the layperson in the pews.” while describing marriage equality as “repressive bigoty“and went on stating that “The law exempts my minister from doing same-sex weddings, and the Knights of Columbus don’t have to rent out their hall for a gay wedding reception, but somehow my religious convictions don’t count for anything.”
Belkins response to Grubbs: “It is your right to run your business any way you see fit,
but let’s be honest here, you drive a trolley up and down a street. Not exactly God’s work.”
Discover Annapolis is listed on the Maryland Department of Tourism website. Perhaps they should know that they are promoting an anti-gay bigot.
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