The owners of a wedding venue in Texas feel so strongly about not marrying gay couples that they have advertised the fact.
Bob and Genie Flournoy of East Texas, are being celebrated by anti-gay bigots for advertising the fact that they won’t marry gay couples or transgender people.
But they defended the fact by saying that at at least they don’t turn away gay people altogether.
“Our Christian faith demands that we not participate in same-sex, transgender or any other perversion of marriage,” reads the advert they placed in a local Christian magazine.
“If you disagree with our stance on marriage, please respect our Christian belief and have your wedding elsewhere.”
The couple own Texas Forest Country Retreat, which was inherited from Mr Flournoy’s father.
The bed and breakfast wedding venue is in Manning, Texas, and advertises itself as offering “a ministry to provide rest, relaxation, and renewal to weary folks and a great place for a man and a woman to begin a wonderful life together.
“I love Manning and you will too. I am anxious to share it with all who will come and experience this place that I call home.”
Despite reading “all who will come”, the venue excludes same-sex couples and trans people who wish to get married there.
Mr Flournoy recently posted about his strong opposition to last summer’s ruling in favour of same-sex marriage by the US Supreme Court.
“The recent and ungodly Obergefeld decision out of the Supreme Court permits other than one man and one woman to marry. This, in my opinion, is the single most destructive decision of good order in America that has ever been rendered. It adversely affects all of society and elevates man as supreme ruler of the universe. It is contrary to the explicit admonitions of God and as a result, we can no longer expect the blessings of God upon this Nation.”
“We don’t turn away gays at the property, we just don’t host same-sex marriage ceremonies,” a spokesperson for the venue told LGBTQ Nation.
They added: “We book traditional heterosexual weddings. Pretty simple.”