(Sources: local news sources here and here and the Huffington Post.) ■ Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, New Jersey: In 2012, a state judge ruled that a Methodist-owned events venue in Ocean Grove violated state law when it refused to host a gay wedding in 2007.
After six years and hundreds of celebratory confections, it wasn’t the economy, the stiff competition, financing, or any of the other usual road bumps of building a new business that caused Sweet Cakes by Melissa—a husband-and-wife bakery in Portland, Oregon area—to close its doors at the end of the summer.
Instead, it was the nationwide battle over same-sex marriage.
(Sources: news reports including local television.) ■ Liberty Ridge Farm, New York: The family-owned farm in mid-state New York is facing a human rights complaint after refusing to host a lesbian wedding in 2012.
(Sources: local news sources here and here and the Huffington Post.) ■ All Occasion Party Place, Texas: In February, the Fort Worth-based wedding venue declined to host a wedding reception for a gay couple.
(Sources: The New York Times here and here, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Life Site News.) ■ Elane Photography, New Mexico: The state Supreme Court ruled in August that a New Mexico photography business owned by Elaine Huguenin and her husband Jon could not legally deny services to same-sex couples.
The photographer had refused service for a lesbian commitment ceremony in 2006.“As a result of their power, homosexual activists are able to intimidate and silence opposition.” Such fundamental clashes are linked to the spreading legalization of same-sex marriage.Of the 11 total cases cited above, three occurred within two years of their state legalizing same-sex marriage. Four others were in states that did not have same-sex marriage but had granted some legal recognition to same-sex unions, such as domestic partnerships or civil unions.Phillips has said he would rather close his bakeshop than compromise his Christian beliefs.(Sources: news reports including Washington Times and Huffington Post.) ■ Victoria’s Cake Cottage, Iowa: Baker Victoria Childress denied service to a lesbian couple hoping to get married in 2011.The final nail in the coffin came in August when the slighted lesbian couple filed an anti-discrimination suit with the state.