G. McConway
August 23, 2023

Federal Court Deals Significant Blow to LGBTQ+ Community

It turns out, business owners actually can decide who to service and who not to service.

A big decision came down recently in a Michigan court, and it will send a shockwave through the LGBTQ+ community.

The court ruled in favor of a man who had refused services to a same-sex couple, reported UPI.

My Business, My Choice

The owner of Country Mill Farms was just given the news that his decision to not host same-sex weddings at his apple orchard will stand.

Federal District Judge for the U.S District Court for the Western District of Michigan Paul Lewis Maloney was the presiding judge in the case.

He stated, “The city’s decision to exclude Country Mill Farms from the 2017 East Lansing Farmer’s Market constitutes a burden on plaintiff’s religious beliefs.

“Plaintiffs were forced to choose between following their religious beliefs and a government benefit for which they were otherwise qualified.”

The Alliance for Defending Freedom, a conservative activist group that backed Country Mill Farms owner Steve Tennes’ lawsuit took a victory lap after the decision came down.

It stated, “After Tennes posted on Facebook that he follows the Catholic church’s teachings about marriage, including when he participates in weddings at his family’s farm, city officials enacted policy to prohibit Tennes and Country Mill Farms from participating in the city’s farmer’s market,” reported Breitbart.

Kate Anderson, the senior counsel for the Alliance for Defending Freedom, added, “Steve and his family-run Country Mill Farms happily serve all customers as a valued vendor at East Lansing farmer’s market, and he’s grateful he can continue his longtime partnership with the city and its’s residents.”

I still do not understand these lawsuits against business owners who do not want to serve a particular group.

It may be ignorant of me to say this, but why not give your business to someone who wants it rather than to someone who is telling you they don’t want your money?

When I find out a business or brand does not like conservatives, I just don’t buy it or go there anymore, I don’t go to court to sue them to take my money.

It just makes no sense at all to me.

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