A gay man who owns a flower shop in Hackensack, New Jersey was refused the right to participate in the parade of flowers for Memorial Day just last week.
The reason? He refused to sell flowers to a couple for their wedding because they were Trump supporters.
The florist shop owner is suing the town of Hackensack for disallowing him the right to participate in the parade because it’s his right under the First Amendment to choose who he can sell to.
Okay, so that whole story is made up, but I want you to imagine how many news agencies and law firms would’ve been knocking at florist guy’s door had this been true.
Heck, that would’ve been front-page story for the New York Times and CNN would STILL be talking about it.
Now let’s turn to a true story…and one you won’t see any mainstream news source talk about.
“A Catholic apple grower in Michigan has been barred from a city farmers’ market over his views on same-sex marriage, after he refused to host a lesbian couple’s wedding at his orchard.
Stephen Tennes, the owner of Country Mill Farms, has sold his fruit and vegetables at the East Lansing Farmer’s Market for the past seven years.
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After city officials learned of his Christian belief that marriage is the union between one man and one woman, they invoked a non-discrimination policy to exclude him from being able to sell at the farmers’ market.
In a statement, the city of East Lansing said the farmer’s decision not to host a same-sex wedding violated a ‘long-standing ordinance that protects sexual orientation as well as the Supreme Court’s ruling that grants the right for same-sex couples to be married.’”
The city’s punitive action targets the farmer’s use of his own private property, 22 miles outside the city and well outside its jurisdiction.”
Tennes is now represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, a non-profit law firm that specializes in religious freedom cases.
Looks like there still some sanity out there after all, but one has to wonder if this is a winnable case…
And by the way, have you seen the reports that being raised by gay parents isn’t quite so great? THAT news won’t ever show up on CNN, either.