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Worthy Christian News » Fined and Forced, Christian Owners make Drastic Decision

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

NEW YORK (Worthy News)– A Christian couple who were fined after refusing to hold a gay wedding on their New York farm have decided that they will no longer host any wedding ceremonies on their property, according to TheBlaze.

"Since the order essentially compelled them to do all ceremonies, or none at all, they have chosen the latter in order to stay true to their religious convictions, even though it will likely hurt their business," attorney James Trainor told TheBlaze.

However, Cynthia and Robert Gifford will continue hosting wedding receptions, including those for same-sex couples.

The decision came after a lesbian couple approached the Giffords — owners of Liberty Ridge Farm, a special events venue in Schaghticoke — in 2012 and asked about holding their same-sex ceremony there.

The Giffords — who believe that marriage is only between a man and a woman — said that the couple were welcome to hold their reception on the property, but not the actual ceremony. Instead, the two lesbians filed a complaint with the New York's Division of Human Rights, claiming discrimination on account of their same-sex orientation.

Judge Migdalia Pares ruled that even though the Giffords live on the premises, Liberty Ridge Farm is a public accommodation that rents space and collects fees.

In addition to fines, New York State is forcing the Giffords to instruct their employees on New York state's view of marriage, which is a contradiction of their biblical belief.

The family has not yet decided if it will appeal Judge Pares's ruling.

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  • Nana LovesJesus
    3 September 2014 at 4:18 am - Reply

    We do have a voice, and we do have power over people taking away our livelihood. STAND CHRISTIANS! and speak UP. this should not be happening here in america.

  • Roshan D'Almeida
    3 September 2014 at 5:16 am - Reply

    an old saying;ppl dnt quit job, they quit the boss. these ppl took the decision bcos we christians did nt support them.

  • Hugh1
    3 September 2014 at 5:17 am - Reply

    At one time, I would have said, cut the farm couple some slack, but no more. It's clear that this is a test case about public accommodation. It is very rare that anyone would hire a service that clearly doesn't want to be associated with them, there is simply too much competition to consider such a scenario as a real threat to freedom of religion or on the other hand, public accommodation. Therefore, I side with public accommodation. Straight white people in particular have never experienced the nasty comments, bullying in school, the denial of a hotel room, denial of rights to a loved ones medical trauma, death of a same sex partner without rights, hateful anti-gay parents and siblings, finger pointing neighbors, and condemnation by mainstream religions like the Catholic, Mormon, Fundamentalist Christian, and Muslim organizations. I have seen or experienced all of these up close and way too personal. You might say, it's not like that anymore, and you would be at least partially right. But it is that way, especially in the Old Confederacy and in communities where people who reject gays exist. So now I say, if you cannot include gays in your day to day business, get out of that business, since you cannot publicly enforce any religious belief that condemn gays for who they are – remember, being gay is not a choice, religious beliefs are a choice. Being gay is also not defined by lifestyle, either you are or you are not. If you belief is that gay marriage is immoral or against God's law, that is your right, bit I do not support bringing your religious prejudices into the public forum. I apply this same logic to employment, firing a person because they are gay or desire to be same-sex married is both wrong and immoral.

  • Cindy-Clarkson Mason
    3 September 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

    This is ridiculous They own the property, it is their home and they are also forced to teach their employees same sex marriage is okay.. GOOD GRIEF. No it is not okay. It is why there is a Man and a Woman. Makes me sick.

  • Chuck Anziulewicz
    3 September 2014 at 8:10 am - Reply

    It’s interesting how Robert and Cynthia Gifford will allow Gay couples to have wedding RECEPTIONS at their farm, just not the wedding CEREMONIES themselves. But it’s not surprising, given that there’s MUCH more money to be made on a reception than a ceremony. I guess self-righteousness only goes so far when MONEY is involved.

    • wandakate
      3 September 2014 at 11:59 am - Reply

      CHUCK: Hey, before I read what you wrote I was wondering the same thing, why the reception but no ceremony? Ahhhh! That almighty "dollar" ruins it every time. If they are REALLY apposed to the ceremony then common sense tells me the reception wouldn't be any different. It seems like it was the money that was important and not how they really and truly feel about their beliefs.
      The LOVE of MONEY is the root of all evil…Can't serve GOD and $$$$ at the same time…You gotta love one over the other. NO WEDDING-NO RECEPTION. Our GOD is an all or nothing GOD, remember He said, you're either for me or you're against me. I wish you either hot or cold but not lukewarm. Looks like we can't have our cake and eat it too.

  • Myron James
    3 September 2014 at 9:14 am - Reply

    I pray that you don't give in to this Unconstitutional and illegal pressure. Get a hold of those Christian attorneys and they will fight with you. http://aclj.org American Center for Law and Justice. Jay Sekulow. If God be for you then who dare be against you. Amen

  • Myron James
    3 September 2014 at 9:17 am - Reply

    The only reason those homo sexual women approched them to do their wedding was they knew they were Christians and wanted to make a ruckus. I'm sure there are plenty of other places, even those owned by homo sexual's they could have gone to.

  • Aaron Munyama
    3 September 2014 at 9:45 am - Reply

    why did the Christians migrate to America? Why did the Christians fight the English? Why did God give the Christians the victory? Why have the Christians become what they are in America?

  • Anonymous
    3 September 2014 at 11:36 am - Reply

    We have to fight this evil. But even hosting a gay reception should be rejected.

  • Robert Berko
    3 September 2014 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    Praying

  • Dennis Hibbard
    4 September 2014 at 5:23 am - Reply

    Judicial system gone by way of the Evil One bringing on the Demise of America and themselves, Freedom as a License for Evil Galatians 5:19 – 21 Running all the Stop Signs do to Crash in Hell.

  • Dylan
    13 September 2014 at 3:23 pm - Reply

    "speak up" are you out of your mind, what Christian do you think that exists that has NOT spoken out? Problem is SPEAKING out alone does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, look through all of history, NOTHING ever was changed without the use of violence in an armed force to take over a country or group of people and then put such people under a different law. This IS the history of the world, inside and outside of the Bible. Speaking does nothing except influence individuals, it doesn't stop assaults, murders, rapes, pillaging, beheading, fecalist filth. WAR is what changes things which is why the Islamics were able to take over most all of africa, all the way to asia and most all of europe for a long period of time, they would still be in europe ruling if christians in the middle ages didn't use VIOLENCE and war against them. This is the same with marxists, they are about to impose the globalist one world marxist antichrist upon the world and no country will escape it EXCEPT those who make war against them, the bible speaks that not all countries will be under his power, some WILL USE VIOLENCE to kill the antichrist's forces. If you want to die, at least die like a samson and bring the whores of the devil down with you, allowing the marxist to take over the usa is how it has become babylon itself and you will soon see its smoke from afar, if christians there had taken to war 40 years ago what we see today would not be occurring.

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