Refused gay wedding at Texas establishment
With the recent SCOTUS ruling regarding same sex marriage, a lot of new issues have been popping up, some of which can only be expected, unfortunately. Like certain businesses refusing to hold gay weddings, or bake wedding cakes for same sex marriages.
KFOX 14 reports that Monico Ramirez and Jonathan Luna had planned to book El Paso’s Grace Gardens for their forthcoming reception. But as soon as the venue’s staff found out Ramirez and Luna were a same-sex couple, the pair says they were told it was a no-go.
This particular case gets a little more complicated and it becomes a case of he said she said, but this isn’t the first time same sex couples have been refused, and I doubt it will be the last.
Meanwhile, earlier this week, two gay men in Iowa who sought a wedding reception venue were reportedly turned away by the owners of Gortz Haus in Grimes, who argued they had a right to turn away same-sex couples because of their faith and religious convictions.
So, same sex couples are going to have to vet where they plan to wed and celebrate to avoid embarrassing, degrading situations like this. But I think this statement by Jonathan Luna bothered me the most in the article.
“They made me feel bad because there was another couple there, but they were a normal couple, and they gave them the packages and everything. We really wanted it to be there, but they refused the services for us.”
My heart goes out to these guys. I don’t think there is an LGBT person on earth who doesn’t know and understand that kind of hurt. But Luna and the rest of us have to stop thinking of ourselves as not being “normal” like the other couple to which he refers. We are just as normal, and we deserve to be treated just like everyone else.