MATT GRUBBS, owner of Discover Annapolis Tours, had a lucrative business taking wedding parties around the city in his old-fashioned trolleys.
But “born again” Christian Grubbs decided to dump wedding tours when same-sex marriage became legal at the start of the year, apparently to avoid lawsuits from gay couples who would have been refused the service.
The Christian News Network reports that Grubbs now stands to lose $50,000 a year.
When the state of Maryland began recognising same-sex relationships as of January 1st, Grubbs:
Knew that he was faced with either having to accommodate unions that violate his faith or ending the services altogether. He decided to do the latter.
Grubbs wrote an email to a prospective client last month, saying:
We used to do weddings until recently. But we’re a Christian-owned business, and we are not able to lend support to gay marriages … so we had to stop doing all wedding transportation.
The prospective client, Chris Belkot, 31, was outraged by Grubbs message, and, according to this report, forwarded the email to Annapolis news websites.
Belkot, who is not gay, described Grubbs’ stance as “repressive bigotry”. He fired off a response to Grubbs that read, in part:
It is your right to run your business any way you see fit, but let’s be honest here, you drive a trolley up and down a street. Not exactly God’s work.