Have you ever thought to yourself, “Hmm, does this mom ‘n’ pop bakery secretly think my queer ass is damned to hell?”
The anti-LGBT Family Research Council can help you find the answer!
FRC’s new site “Free to Believe” is meant to spotlight businesses and individuals that have a record of upholding “religious freedom” in the form of discriminating against LGBT people. Some of their stories made it to mainstream media, others didn’t. Here are a couple ThinkProgress dug into:
David & Lily Stockton (Just Cookies): Back in 2010, the Stocktons refused to make rainbow-colored treats for Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ National Coming Out Day. The city of Indianapolis investigated after a complaint was filed, but the Stocktons agreed to settle.
Elaine & Jonathan Huguenin (Elane Photography): Elane Photography refused to photograph a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony, the couple sued, and the case made its way up the New Mexico Supreme Court. Despite Elaine Huguenin’s claims of “religious freedom,” the Court unanimously ruled against her for discriminating in violation of state law. The U.S. Supreme Court was not interested in considering the case on appeal.
Chaplain Wes Modder: FRC claims that Lt. Commander Wes Modder was “sabotaged” by a gay assistant who investigated the way he counseled sailors. What the assistant found was that Modder was shaming women for having premarital sex, telling gay students that homosexuality was wrong and that they could be saved, and berating a pregnant student for not being married. He was issued a “detachment for cause” for discrimination and imposing his values on servicemembers.
Aaron & Melissa Klein (Sweet Cakes): Just last week, a judge ruled that the Kleins owed a same-sex couple $135,000 for refusing to bake them a cake. They claim that they are being punished for their faith. But the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries concluded that the bakery violated state lawprotecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation.
Kelvin Cochran: Cochran was fired as Fire Chief of Atlanta after distributing a self-published book comparing homosexuality to bestiality and calling it “vile, vulgar, and inappropriate.” He is now suing, with support from ADF, claiming that he was fired “for no reason other than my Christian faith.”
Bookmarking for future reference. Thanks, FRC!