To Avoid Gay Weddings, Firm Drops All Weddings
Washington-area Trolley company gives up revenue to avoid lawsuits
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 27, 2012 3:30 PM CST
This screenshot from the Discover Annapolis Tours site indicates that the company is no longer booking weddings.   (Discover Annapolis Tours)

(Newser) – Matt Grubbs refuses to have any part in a same-sex wedding—even if it costs him $50,000 a year. Grubbs owns Discover Annapolis Tours, an old-fashioned trolley company often seen carrying wedding parties to their big day. But those trips will soon be a thing of the past: The company is shutting down its wedding business because Grubbs objects to same-sex marriage, and he fears he'd be sued for discrimination if he blocked only gay couples, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The company's website currently says only that it has stopped taking reservations, promising a "full explanation" by Jan. 1. But the company has reportedly been sharing its reasons with prospective clients, urging them to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors. A straight groom offended by the "bigotry" of the move took it public. The company is Maryland's second wedding vendor to exit the industry over the state's recent vote to legalize same-sex marriage, says the Sun.

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JackNelsonSteward
Dec 28, 2012 6:00 PM CST
Matt has a fully operational pair of nose scissors ...
gmcft
Dec 28, 2012 11:02 AM CST
The national gay organization and NAMBLA want all barriers and age restrictions between sex partners legally removed. Fifteen years ago the NAMBLA president stated on TV that it is perfectly okay for an adult to have sex with a 6 month old baby as long as they both love each other. In 2008 or 2009, an FBI agent who infiltrated NAMBLA attended a conference where NAMBLA members expressed approval of sex with 18-month-old babies. These are already discussed and accepted in some acedemic and political circles. The "slippery slope" began years ago. You really don't understand that the debate has always been "what they want" not "what you want". Or more befitting is the old argument "equality and freedom for everyone". Consensual vs non-consensual sex no longer have any true definition. It may to you, me or other people, but once it takes hold in the academic and political arena (as it has) it will eventually over time take a shape that would never be recognized by the original intent. In 2008, the government (state and federal) had no problem with the "Up Your Alley" celebration in public. link below is the celebration - WARNING grapghic images. http://www.zombietime.com/up_your_alley_2008/
piankeshaw
Dec 28, 2012 10:29 AM CST
My dad used to say, "if they got money, I'm selling! I don't care if they ARE white people!" Business is business.