Tennessee’s Mint Springs Farm Backs Out Of Gay Iraq War Veterans’ Commitment Ceremony

It’s amazing how self righteous individuals will hide behind the law when it suits their bigoted morals. AVB


Two Iraq War veterans are crying foul after allegedly being told they could host their same-sex commitment ceremony at a Tennessee farm before the venue’s owner opted against it.

Anthony Wilfert of Nolensville, Tenn. told WSMV that he and his partner, Brian Blas, made it clear to Mint Springs Farm that they were planning a same-sex ceremony from the get-go. The couple, who met nine years ago when they both served with Fort Campbell under the U.S. military’s controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, said they had opted for Mint Springs Farm because it is a private venue without any specified religious affiliation.

Although Wilfert said the two Mint Springs employees “explicitly made it clear that it was not an issue, that they would host that type of ceremony,” they later received an email from the venue’s owner rejecting the offer.

A Mint Springs official told the news station that at least one of the staff members who spoke to Wilfert “was unaware of our policy,” and noted, “Because we only host weddings, we cannot violate Tennessee law.”

A number of wedding venues and related businesses have come under fire in recent months for turning away same-sex couples. In January, Jim Walder, owner of the TimberCreek Bed & Breakfast near Paxton, Ill., told the Post-Gazette that he will not permit LGBT couples to tie the knot at his venue even though same-sex marriage will be legally recognized in Illinois later this year.

Meanwhile, in March, the owners of Indianapolis’ 111 Cakery told Fox 59 that the idea of preparing a commitment ceremony cake for a local gay couple was “in opposition with” their Christian faith.

“There is zero hate here … We want to show the love of Christ,” Randy McGath, who co-owns the bakery with his wife Trish, is quoted as saying. “We want to be right with our God, but we also want to show kindness and respect to other people.”

Similarly, Jack Phillips, owner of Colorado’s Masterpiece Cakeshop, told Fox News in December he’d rather go to jail than prepare a same-sex wedding cake, after a state judge ruled that he could not refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) customers on the basis of his religious beliefs.

“I do what I do because I love doing what I do, and I believe it’s what God’s designed for me to do,” Jack Phillips, told Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck via Raw Story. “My priorities would be towards my faith rather than towards my safety or security.”
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I hope we can agree or agree not to agree any to case let’s keep it all civil

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