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Wednesday, 03 December 2014 16:36

At Affordable Wedding Minister, They Don't Plan Marriages Between Same-Sex People

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Crystal Allen Kenyata White

 

The other week, I shared with you the fact that a company which hosts wedding ceremonies was sentenced to pay a fine for a lesbian couple following a discriminating act, the company had refused to accept them. Just when we turn the page of this story, we followed for two years, a similar story occurs in Phoenix, Arizona! WTF!

Crystal Allen and Kenyata White chose AffordableWeddingMinister.comAffordableWeddingMinister.com to plan their wedding, but the business owner Susan Latimer refused their request when she realized it was a couple of women. The company had been apparently working for several weeks on their wedding without even interested in their clients.

"We are very uncomfortable with same-sex marriage as it is directly against our beliefs," she told the couple via email. "We would not be a very good fit."

But, since February 2013, there is a nondiscrimination ordinance which protects LGBT people in Phoenix. It also protects "any religious or denominational institution or organization."

Susan and her husband Al are both Non- Denominational Ministers though Christian Glory Church, they organize religious as civil marriages, but their business is not clearly described as a religious organization.

The couple said they did not plan to sue the company but they would have liked AffordableWeddingMinister.com mentions on its website that they don't work with same-sex couples.

Note that when a federal judge repealed the marriage equality ban in Arizona, the owner of AffordableWeddingMinister.com saw this as an act that “goes directly against God’s laws” and that is a “war on those who believe in Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.”

Photo from Azcentral

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