A farmer from East Lansing, Michigan, has been slapped with a ban from his local farmer’s market after he refused to host a gay wedding on his property.
According to Steve Tennes, he received a question on his “Country Mill Farms” Facebook page asking if he would host a gay wedding on his property.
However, after a nearby town became aware of Tennes’ answer, they decided to ban him from their farmer’s market.
“This is about them operating a business that discriminates against LGBT individuals,” Mayor Mark Meadows said in a statement to the Lansing State Journal.
Conservative Tribune reports:
Tennes, who has since filed a suit against Lansing with the assistance of the conservative Christian nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, disagreed.
“Our faith and beliefs on marriage and hosting weddings at our home and in our backyard of our farm have nothing to do with the city of East Lansing,” he said at a news briefing Wednesday. “Nor does it have anything to do with the produce that we sell to the people that attend the farmers markets who are from all backgrounds and all beliefs.”
The suit reportedly demands that Tennes be allowed once more to sell his goods at East Lansing’s farmers market and also be compensated for damages.
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Tennes spoke to Fox News on Thursday, where he discussed his decision and the lawsuit.
“One of the reasons my wife and I both volunteered to go serve our country in the military was because freedom of religion, freedom of speech, is dear to our hearts,” he said, adding that the officials’ actions toward him and his family amounted to bullying. “We’re standing up, not just for us, but for everyone.”
We are with you Mr. Tennes. Your land, your rules. The LGBT community needs to back off and realize that not everyone will support their lifestyles.
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