Gay marriage becomes legal in the state of Maryland on 1 January.
But same-sex couples should not plan on hiring Discover Annapolis Tours for their wedding day transportation – and neither should heterosexual couples.
Rather than do business with gay couples, the owner of the business, Matt Grubbs, has decided to stop doing wedding business entirely despite a loss in about $50,000 in annual revenue.
Grubbs says in a statement: ‘We used to do weddings until recently. But we’re a Christian-owned business, and we are not able to lend support to gay marriages. And as a public accommodation, we cannot discriminate between gay or straight couples, so we had to stop doing all wedding transportation.’
But it is clear that Grubbs wants to resume wedding jobs for straight couples and is urging prospective clients to lobby state lawmakers for a religious exemption for wedding vendors, reports The Baltimore Sun.
Maryland voters passed a ballot measure in November making same-sex marriages legal in the state.
‘As long as he doesn’t discriminate against other people, he’s free to do what ever he wants to do, including withdrawing his business from the industry,’ Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans tells The Sun.