Cynthia Gifford and her husband Robert own Liberty Ridge Farm were fined $13,000 for refusing to host a gay wedding.
The couple appeared on the Church Boys podcast to discuss their situation and the fine they received from New York State's Division of Human Rights.
“A government that tells you what you can’t say is bad enough. A government that tells you what you must say and punishes you if you don’t is frightening,” she said. “This kind of power should scare all of us no matter where we stand on the issue.”
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She explained how in 2012 a woman had inquired about the farm hosting a same-sex wedding and how she politely explained it wasn't going to happen.
“We welcome all people to the farm and gladly respect and serve all for a variety of events, but because wedding ceremonies are inherently religious, a sacred event, Robert, my husband, and I, as Christians, cannot coordinate the same-sex wedding ceremony. This would violate our faith and conscience,” Cynthia told the podcast.
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She then learned shortly after that she was being sued by the couple (Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin from New Jersey) and were fined $10,000 plus $3000 in damages for violating anti-discrimination regulations under New York’s Human Rights Law.
“We had the ultimatum of: ‘Host all weddings and go against our beliefs or don’t host any wedding ceremonies... we chose the latter,” Cynthia told The Church Boys.
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This isn't the first time that Christians who have been victimized by Human Rights divisions have appeared on the Church Boys podcast.
Aaron and Melissa Klein, the Christian couple who were ordered to pay $135,000 to a lesbian couple after refusing to make them a gay wedding cake echoed the views of the Giffords.
“A government that can tell you what you have to do and what you have to say is pretty darn scary, and when they come at you and try to take everything you have because of it, well, I mean, that’s almost horrific. We are the average American family trying to live out the American dream and honor God in our life, and so, that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in ,” Aaron Klein said back in April of 2015.
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