Published On: Mon, Nov 25th, 2013

Oregon files ballot initiative to protect businesses declining services to same-sex weddings

A Christian group has filed a ballot initiative to protect business who decline services for same-sex marriages or events due to their religious beliefs.

photo  Julyo based on work by Gilbert Baker, 1979 via wikimedia commons

photo Julyo based on work by Gilbert Baker, 1979 via wikimedia commons

The Oregon Family Council filed the proposal titled Protect Religious Freedom Initiative, the Christian News reported in a Nov. 23 article.

Lawsuits against bakers, florists and photographers have raised the issued to new awareness. The attacks on Sweet Cakes by Melissa made national headlines, especially when the attorney general sided with the gay couple.

“This fight is not over. We will continue to stand strong,” owners Aaron and Melissa Klein wrote on a note taped to the bakery door upon closing. “The LORD is good and we will continue to serve HIM with all our heart.”

“A growing trend of silencing can be seen where business owners of faith or with conscientious objections are being forced to compromise their individual conscience rights or face harassment, persecution, penalties levied upon them by the state, and the possibility of losing their business for declining to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies,” Oregon Family Council wrote in a news release announcing the initiative.

Current non-discrimination laws prohibit businesses from refusing service based on “race, color, religion, sex [or] sexual orientation.”

Many business owners have no issue with serving homosexuals in general, unless it involves participation in a same-sex ceremony.


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