The story in the video above is not a new one. Still, you need to see this. Here’s the story in a nutshell.
Cynthia and Robert Gifford are Christians who own a family farm near Albany, New York. They regularly rent their property for special events, parties, weddings, etc. In 2012, a lesbian couple attempted to rent the facilities for their lesbian wedding, and the owners declined. Why? Because the Giffords are Christians and believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. They simply did not wish to use their property to host an event that contradicts their deeply held religious beliefs.
As punishment, the state of New York has fined them $13,000—$10,000 for the state of New York and $3,000 for the lesbian couple. In effect, the government is coercing them to host gay weddings from now on or face crippling fines.
There’s a twist in this. The lesbian couple initially contacted the owners by telephone. It turns out that the woman who called is a law student, and she recorded the phone conversation. Now you tell me. What kind of a person records phone conversations about wedding plans? Probably not someone who is mainly concerned about wedding plans.
This sounds to me like a set-up designed to ensnare unsuspecting Christians because of their beliefs about marriage. In any case, this Christian couple is now paying through the nose because the government says they must violate their consciences and host gay wedding on their personal property.
As I mentioned above, this is not a new story. This family farm has been in the news for two years now. Still, it makes a big difference to see these dear people and to hear from them in their own words.
The report says that the government is penalizing the Giffords for discriminating against the lesbians on the basis of “sexual orientation.” Nevermind the fact that the owners have employed gay people and have regularly served gay people. The state says they must also host gay weddings or be penalized for criminal discrimination.
If this isn’t a clear violation religious liberty—our nation’s first freedom, mind you—then nothing is.
(HT: The Daily Signal)