California Kama Kaina and Mathew Rivera were denied service because they are gay and their wedding “conflicts” with the owners religious beliefs.
On November 26, Kama Kaina contacted Janet Zimmerman Catering with a request to cater his wedding to his longtime partner, Mathew Rivera. Zimmerman, who had been recommended by the couple’s planned venue in Big Bear, Calif., initially agreed. But several hours later, she sent an email expressing a change of heart because of her “Christian beliefs.”
“Thank you for contacting me in regards to your upcoming wedding,” Zimmerman wrote to Kaina, according to an email forwarded to The Advocate. “I really appreciate that you were honest with me and gave me a heads up that this would be a same sex marriage. I hope that you will also appreciate when I am honest with you when I say that catering your wedding would comprise [sic] my Christian beliefs and I will be unable to accept this job. I am sure that you will be able to find someone who will better suit your needs.”
Zimmerman apparently used Facebook to operate her catering company, however as of this writing her page is coincidently down
These hate stories are getting as old as Maggie Gallaghers ass.
via California Caterer Refuses to Serve Gay Wedding Over ‘Christian Beliefs’ | Advocate.com.
The LGBT community (of which I am part of) needs to stop with this line of thinking.
Like it or not we live in a country that protects freedom of religion; it is possible for a religious person to feel certain actions/lifestyles are wrong without hating.
Unless we are ready to say that religion needs to be abolished (or just the ones that don’t accept our moral compass) then we must allow them the right to believe as the please.
If she wishes to not cater their party, then she must risk losing clientele, but it does not make her a hater or homophobic. A business has the right to refuse service (unless it is deemed vital for one’s well being or no other person can provide the services needed).
We need to save the time, energy and anger for those that are spending money and going out of their way to prohibit our rights.
Everybody has the right to their beliefs, no question. However believing that some else does not deserve the same rights that you are afforded (based on religious views which is a CHOICE) is discrimination and bigotry. I can pretty much surmise the caterer most likely voted in favor of Prop 8 in California which over turned gay marriage back in 2008, based on her “religious” beliefs. There are plenty of Christians out there that believe strongly in their faith but support the LGBT equality and Gay marriage. One has to truly believe something is wrong in order to discriminate. No faith is going to make you believe something (i.e. gay marriage) is wrong if you do not feel it in your heart. She has the right to refuse anyone service, but it is discrimination and bigotry. And in this case it is homophobia. Period.
And using this “religious beliefs” excuse as a reason to discriminate just does not fly anymore.
I can argue that point simply based on the fact that I was raised a christian and for years did BELIEVE that being gay was wrong. There was no other reason I believed this. I did not hate gay people; but could not condone the life style.
If I have issue with anything Christian’s do, it’s the singling out of gays while having no issues with adultery, divorce, stealing, lying etc.
And while it is bigotry (based on religion) … freedom of religion allows for that bigotry, so if it doesn’t fly anymore as you say, then we need to call a spade a spade and say some religions no longer have a place in our society.
you are correct- some religions do not have a place in our society.