They also open their home for weddings and receptions. When the Giffords host weddings, they are involved in every aspect of the wedding planning and celebration: they greet and drive guests in their farm trolley, decorate the barn, set up floral arrangements, arrange fireworks displays, and provide catering. As the Human Rights Commission ruling even points out, “the only wedding-related service Liberty Ridge Farm does not offer is providing the official for the wedding ceremony.”
As many brides know, planning a wedding requires hours of careful work to organize in order to pull off the celebration—hours during which family businesses operating venues like the Giffords’ actively participate in the weddings they host. The Giffords believe that as free citizens running a business, they should have the right to decline to participate in an event that does not reflect their values.
Unfortunately, New York’s Human Right’s law (Executive Law, art. 15) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation that trump the rights of business owners.
Horseshit. They’re in business and as such must follow the same regulations any other business dealing with the public. Would they be permitted to deny their barn to a black/white couple planning marriage, if they professed a religious objection to mixed-race marriages?
And blow your libertarian crap somewhere else. I’m not interested.
Anyway, they’re not being forced to offer services to people they reject on religious grounds. They can get out of the wedding business anytime they’d like, and then they won’t have to contravene their precious religious beliefs.