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VT Christian Business Owners Forced to Pay $30K Fines for Expressing Beliefs to Lesbian Couple
Gateway Pundit ^ | July 10, 2013 | Jim Hoft

Posted on 07/10/2013 2:34:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Express your Christian Belief – Get Fined $30,000

Ming Linsley, left, and Kate Baker smile after winning $30,000 from a Vermont Bed and Breakfast. The owners of the Bed-and-Breakfast made the mistake of expressing their religious beliefs to the couple.

It cost them dearly.

In Vermont – Gay rights trump Religious rights

Yesterday, I spoke with Jim Campbell from the ADF about this recent case of Christian persecution. A Bed and Breakfast expressed their religious beliefs to a same-sex couple and ended up paying $30,000 in fines.

(VIDEO-AT-LINK)

Townhall reported on the settlement last year.

A Vermont bed and breakfast has settled a lawsuit brought by the state’s Human Rights Commission and two women who wanted to have a same-sex wedding reception on the inn’s property.

The Wildflower Inn in Lyndonville agreed to pay $10,000 to the Vermont Human Rights Commission as a civil penalty for violating Vermont’s Fair Housing and Public Accommodations Act as well as $20,000 in a charitable trust to be controlled by the couple, the Burlington Free Press reported Aug. 23.

“The Wildflower Inn has always served — and will continue to serve — everyone in our community. But no one can force us to abandon our deeply held beliefs about marriage,” owner Jim O’Reilly, a Catholic, said in a statement. “Our beliefs haven’t changed, but we do have lives to live, a family to love, a business to grow, and a community to serve.

“Small businesses like ours cannot match the limitless resources of the government and the,” O’Reilly said. “Ongoing litigation like this can cripple any small business and the livelihood of its owners, so we’re relieved to put this ordeal behind us.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government
KEYWORDS: 666; fascism; homonaziagenda; homonazimarriage; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; vermont
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1 posted on 07/10/2013 2:34:18 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Liberal Fascism


2 posted on 07/10/2013 2:39:32 PM PDT by Blackirish (Forward Comrades!!!!!!!!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Small business should start accepting business from the LGBT community. However, rather then make an issue of their life stlye, simply provide the worst service/products possible.

“We love the gays, but its so hard to find good help these days”.

3 posted on 07/10/2013 2:42:07 PM PDT by RBW in PA
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Our ancestors would have been shooting by now.


4 posted on 07/10/2013 2:42:31 PM PDT by GenXteacher (You have chosen dishonor to avoid war; you shall have war also.)
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To: Blackirish

I hope they choke on their award. The business owners should appeal on a 1st Amendment basis.


5 posted on 07/10/2013 2:42:38 PM PDT by Catsrus (gg)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s 2 bed and breakfasts, 1 florist and 1 cake baker that I know of that have been sued for not catering to gay weddings. I bet the gays will now call all wedding caterers until they find one that refuses service to them, and then sue that business until all businesses will have to choose between living according to their conscience or going out of business.


6 posted on 07/10/2013 2:47:55 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: little jeremiah

Here’s one you might find ping-worthy.


7 posted on 07/10/2013 2:49:02 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Rusty0604

—That’s 2 bed and breakfasts, 1 florist and 1 cake baker that I know of that have been sued for not catering to gay weddings. —

“How is gay marriage going to affect you?” #liberals


8 posted on 07/10/2013 2:50:56 PM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No appeal?


9 posted on 07/10/2013 2:51:19 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Never mind. I see they AGREED to pay it. Outrageous.


10 posted on 07/10/2013 2:52:44 PM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Over the past few years, a growing number of Somali taxi drivers in the Twin Cities have been interpreting Koranic prohibitions on carrying alcohol to include ferrying passengers with alcohol in their bags.

“If you are a cabdriver and a practicing Muslim, you can’t carry alcohol,” said Idris Mohamed, an adjunct professor of strategic management at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. “It would be the same for a practicing Christian trying to honor their beliefs.”


11 posted on 07/10/2013 2:53:10 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: Rusty0604

When we get a Christian president again, maybe that’ll change, huh?


12 posted on 07/10/2013 2:55:19 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's next run. What'll you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, always preface comments with this line: Islam and the Koran says that Gays.....

You can get away with virtually anything if preceded by that line...


13 posted on 07/10/2013 2:56:36 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
...$20,000 in a charitable trust to be controlled by the couple

Who's responsible for monitoring this trust's assets, I wonder? The owners should demand the right to watch it like a hawk, and then sue the dykes for misappropriation when they shop for a new vibrator with it.

14 posted on 07/10/2013 2:57:02 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: Rusty0604

And to think they just “wanted government out of our bedrooms”, only to force it on the rest of us.


15 posted on 07/10/2013 3:00:08 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Rusty0604

I’m not holding my breath for a sodomite or carpet mucher to sue a Muslim business for refusing to “celebrate” their perverted lives.


16 posted on 07/10/2013 3:01:53 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Whose to say you have to quote them the same price as you would a straight couple? There are variables that go into calculating the quote for a wedding reception, just as there are variables that go into quoting the price to design, bake and decorate a special wedding cake.


17 posted on 07/10/2013 3:03:34 PM PDT by CdMGuy
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

No, because the sodomites have used the courts to have forced “tolerance” of their perversion written in stone. And we all know that once the left and their constituents achieve a victory through courts and the law, they consider it settled for all eternity (don’t they have a surprise coming if they don’t repent).


18 posted on 07/10/2013 3:04:12 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: CdMGuy

What if a business puts it in their advertising, charter, whatever, that they only cater to Christians? Can they do that?


19 posted on 07/10/2013 3:06:07 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: CdMGuy

Easy to subvert.
They call without mentioning their perversion, then when ready to seal the deal, they out themselves.


20 posted on 07/10/2013 3:10:01 PM PDT by spankalib ("I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Religious tyranny, what freedom?

Pray for America to Wake Up


21 posted on 07/10/2013 3:10:53 PM PDT by bray (Stop tolerating beheading!)
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To: mrsmel

I was thinking about that. What if someone just posed to see what would happen?


22 posted on 07/10/2013 3:15:18 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Ah, for the good old days, when you’d read about this kind of stuff in Canada and thank God you lived in a country where “it just couldn’t happen.”


23 posted on 07/10/2013 3:21:52 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is DOMESTIC ENEMY #1)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Any christians in the area should book a stay at this establishment at their next opportunity.

And I hope the Inn is planning to appeal. There's no way this is just.

24 posted on 07/10/2013 3:24:06 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Rusty0604

I hope these businesses start becoming a little more savvy when dealing with these shysters. “can we cater your gay wedding? as much as we’d like to our event planner will be out of town that weekend”.


25 posted on 07/10/2013 3:28:11 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: skeeter

In WA they were trying to pass a bill that businesses can’t be forced to provide any service that would go against their religious beliefs after the gays sued the florist. The gays are yelling about ‘what if we live in a rural area and we can’t buy bread and milk from the only store in town’?. That’s not quite the same thing as catering to a wedding but they will probably win.


26 posted on 07/10/2013 3:44:38 PM PDT by Rusty0604
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To: GenXteacher
Our ancestors would have been shooting by now.

Our ancestors would have correctly identified these evil and sadistic women as unnatural forms that have an insatiable appetite for power over others. They knew what to do with such anti-Christian, anti-freedom parasites. I don't agree with their response, but the more I see of today's gay mafia, the better I understand our ancestors' willingness to burn evil at the stake.


27 posted on 07/10/2013 3:51:31 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Catsrus

So.....if some business owner in vermont tells me he’s opposed to the traditional marriage standard I can sue him?


28 posted on 07/10/2013 3:55:02 PM PDT by cookcounty (IRS = Internal Revenge Service.)
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To: CdMGuy
That will be an extra $56,000.00 because of the HIV disinfectant and HAZMAT equipment and technical and health personnel needed to comply with OSHA regulations.
29 posted on 07/10/2013 4:12:20 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: cookcounty

Probably not - that door only swings one way, doncha know?


30 posted on 07/10/2013 4:20:08 PM PDT by Catsrus (gg)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

By telling us they are lesbians, are they not opening discussions about lifestyles?

They started it.


31 posted on 07/10/2013 4:23:32 PM PDT by Truth2012
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To: mrsmel
No. The first amendment guarantee of religious freedom became unpopular in about 1964.

So even though these businesses have a constitutional right to refuse service, there is a higher power.

The US government.

I just don't get how these Christian business owners continue to fall for this shakedown $hit.

Do they not "get" that they are being set up?

It's great that they have their beliefs, but they HAVE to know that this is becoming an almost daily event.

Mean Christian won't make a cake. Gets sued for 30K.

Christian business closes shop because they don't have a spare 30K lying around.

Just make the f'ing cake. Don't even ask questions.

Sorry for the rant, but why do these businesses let themselves become punching bags and tools?

Nobody says the cake has to be "tasty".

32 posted on 07/10/2013 6:13:16 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet; AFA-Michigan; Abathar; Absolutely Nobama; Albion Wilde; AliVeritas; Antoninus; ...
Homosexual Agenda Ping

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Be sure to click the FreeRepublic homosexual agenda keyword search link for a list of all related articles. We don't ping you to all related articles so be sure to click the previous link to see the latest articles.

Add keywords homosexual agenda to flag FR articles to this ping list.

Pretty soon we'll be out of options. Either starve and/or be fined homeless or take to the streets in mass national strike/protest.

Freepmail me if you want on/off any of my ping lists.

33 posted on 07/10/2013 6:36:40 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: boop

The Christian business owners aren’t the problem. No one should be forced to cater to mentally ill sex perverts.


34 posted on 07/10/2013 6:37:55 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Thanks - just pinged it now.

Insanity. Where’s the end of it? What are our options?

I really think mass civil disobedience/protests/national strike is our only option at this point, or very soon.


35 posted on 07/10/2013 6:39:50 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah
I totally agree, but there are hills worth dying on. And on this issue, Christians are losing and will continue to lose.

I fully support these businesses. But sometimes you have to pick your battles.

Asking 2 women "Are you lesbians?", "Well, then I guess we won't allow YOU to stay here" is pretty stupid IMHO.

Now having said that, If these 2 lesbians came in and tooted horns, saying "We're lesbians!"

Now that's a different story.

36 posted on 07/10/2013 6:45:47 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: LibLieSlayer

LOL, that would be a good one-cater the sodomite wedding, but have all your catering staff show up in Hazmat outfits!


37 posted on 07/10/2013 7:00:08 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: boop

I suppose Muslm butchers get away with catering to Muslims simply because they’re Muslims and not the PC target that Christians are. Christians won’t cut their heads off. That’s one of the things which chapps my azz-the cowardly sodomite bunch never try to force a Muslim business to cater to their perversion.


38 posted on 07/10/2013 7:03:53 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: boop

Or I would make it a specialty of my business that all my cakes, etc have a Bible verse on them, of my choosing. At least they couldn’t whine about “discrimination” then, since everybody gets the same thing. It would be telling to see if Christians would support this business, just as a matter of principle (knowing that the sodomites like to use Christian businesses as “test cases”, to force them to either buckle or get sued out of business).


39 posted on 07/10/2013 7:08:07 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: mrsmel
NICE! Make the "gay cakes" with quotations from Leviticus iced on them.

And make the cake with a woman and man on top.

What would the gays do?

Can't complain that you didn't make them a delicious cake.

They may not have "liked it", but f%$k you, pay me!

40 posted on 07/10/2013 7:49:19 PM PDT by boop ("You don't look so bad, here's another")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Legally speaking, if the business owners have a policy of never allowing any weddings or wedding receptions on their property would that prevent them from being sued?


41 posted on 07/10/2013 7:49:22 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: Rusty0604
I bet the gays will now call all wedding caterers until they find one that refuses service to them, and then sue that business until all businesses will have to choose between living according to their conscience or going out of business.

What do you think they've been doing?! This isn't all happening by accident ... this is a deliberate, planned attack by the liberal homo fascist agenda. This is just the beginning. They won't be happy until they've banned Christianity in this country.

42 posted on 07/10/2013 7:54:09 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: usconservative

They may persecute us but true Christianity will never die. And the homonazis will never be happy. Period.


43 posted on 07/10/2013 8:38:31 PM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Celebrate Perversity!...........or else.....


44 posted on 07/10/2013 8:42:29 PM PDT by windsorknot
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Homosexual ‘marriage’ law is about forcing the citizens to support and service homosexual behavior.


45 posted on 07/10/2013 8:44:03 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: RBW in PA

>> Small business should start accepting business from the LGBT community.

The owner should follow his moral compass despite the consequences. It’s hard and likely not without distress.


46 posted on 07/10/2013 8:51:26 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

bump


47 posted on 07/10/2013 8:59:44 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: boop
Nobody says the cake has to be "tasty".

Exactly. Could also be made as a diet cake. No sugar. Use saccharin. Flavoring? Ticket said chocolate colored cake. It didn't say chocolate flavored cake.

Isn't that your signature there on the order signing off on it?

48 posted on 07/10/2013 10:26:53 PM PDT by superloser
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To: mrsmel
Yep... those bright green ones... you could have little rainbow Unicorns printed on them... and a huge red Biohazard symbol!

LLS

49 posted on 07/11/2013 4:09:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Dead Dyke:Good dyke


50 posted on 07/11/2013 4:10:16 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Who will shoot Liberty Valence?)
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