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Illinois Reception Hall Won't Let Married Gay Couple 'Celebrate That Sin': VIDEO


A popular Moline, Illinois reception hall, the University Club, turned down a lesbian couple's wedding reception because serving homosexuals conflicts with the manager's religious beliefs, WQAD reports:

In a phone interview with WQAD, Stewart says it is all true, and defended her right to refusal.

“I am a biblical Christian and I do not believe in homosexual marriage, that’s correct. And because marriage is a covenant that God created for man and woman, as a biblical Christian, I cannot help them into or celebrate that sin,” said Stewart.
Stewart is the wife of the president of the University Club, and daughter-in-law of its owners.

She says the family  discussed the issue of gay marriage receptions after neighboring state Iowa approved same-sex marriage and Illinois endorsed civil unions.


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  1. And yet their website says, "We have an open door policy, All are welcome." Liars.

    Posted by: Ronny | Jun 22, 2012 6:31:59 PM

  2. The only language the anti-gay Christians understand is money. If you are being discriminated against you need to get the best lawyer you can find and sue the person or people or company for all they have. Then give some of the money to fight the anti-gay Christian agenda that wants to kill gays.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 22, 2012 6:33:40 PM

  3. Just googled the club, seems like it's not even a real University Club, they just call themselves that. How tacky.

    btw, real laff on this page: http://www.universityclubqc.com/about-us/

    "We have an open door policy, All are welcome."


    Sounds like a church: you're welcome IF you change who you are.

    Posted by: Randal Oulton | Jun 22, 2012 6:37:21 PM

  4. I may be wrong, but I believe the couple have a case to sue under Illinois Public Act 093-1078, http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=093-1078. Perhaps, they should contact a sympathetic civil rights attorney.

    Posted by: Fred | Jun 22, 2012 6:39:01 PM

  5. I wonder if Kristen Stewart has the same reaction to other marriages she doesn't think are valid...say, Buddhist weddings. Has she turned a lot of non-Christians away from her venue?

    And I also wonder if this "biblical" Christian would have turned Abraham, Jacob, Moses, Saul, David, and Solomon away from her facility...

    By the way, Kristen, the "biblical" way to turn people away from your public facility is to tell them there's "no room in the inn", not that you disapprove of their relationship. No one lectured Mary about being an unwed mother on television in Bethlehem.

    Posted by: Vint | Jun 22, 2012 6:42:20 PM

  6. If the club rents their space as a business to the public, normally they should not be allowed to discriminate based on anything other than the ability to pay. Illinois law most likely states such. They may hate Gay-folk, but if they are renting out space for profit, they may get sued.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jun 22, 2012 6:42:42 PM

  7. Lawsuits will only help the growing meme that gay rights laws persecute CHristians and people of faith. I believe that the law should not force people to endorse any type of relationship or marriage they disagree with for religious reasons, including same-sex marriages. It is one thing to discriminate against gay individuals because of their orientation or identity, but another to not want to participate or host actions that go against one's religious beliefs. Lawsuits will only have a chilling effect on the passage of same-sex marriage in the 44 states without same-sex marriage, and 29 states without basic antidiscrimination laws.
    Boycott them all you want, but don't use the law to try to force them to go against their religious beliefs.

    Posted by: Javier | Jun 22, 2012 6:45:20 PM

  8. Javier, a lawsuit will make these so-called Christians realize that religious belief does not give one the right to discriminate against the public if one operates a business. They will say they are persecuted no matter what we do. However, if do nothing, we become complicit in the idea that we are not worthy of equal rights. Sue the bastards.

    Posted by: Jay | Jun 22, 2012 6:50:08 PM

  9. Would Ms. Stewart similarly have refused to rent to an Illinois couple that was entering into a civil union (since same-sex marriage is illegal in Illinois)? Would she have refused to rent to a Missouri couple that was celebrating a commitment ceremony (since both ssm and civil unions are illegal in MO)? Would she have refused to rent the hall for a high school graduation ceremony of a student with gay parents? If so, what good is IL's public accommodations law?

    Posted by: Mark | Jun 22, 2012 6:51:43 PM

  10. Their website also describes them as "Where modern meets elegant." Stackable chairs and white Christmas lights on a silk ficus tree? They should look up "elegant.'

    Posted by: Ronny | Jun 22, 2012 6:53:42 PM

  11. Javier, the problem with your argument, though well made is that what America ends up becoming is a Nation where my "Religious Christian Faith" does not allow me to rent space nor do business with people named "Javier" because my deeply held faith tells me "Javier" was the the true name of Satan or what ever my belief is. That's bad for America. To discriminate against a couple because they are getting married and happen to be of the same gender, BECAUSE of one's faith means FAITH is the tool to discriminate against EVERYONE. Nope nope nope, that is not what America is about.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Jun 22, 2012 7:01:17 PM

  12. I agree with Javier. I'm all for discrimination in the private sector. I'd rather find a other venue that give my money to a Christian owner who doesn't agree with my wedding/celebration.

    Having said that I think they should have to declare that discrimination in all publications, like on their website and business flyers. Make it known rather than a hidden thing.

    In doing so these businesses will face more backlash than a single law suit can bring. They'll see a reduction in business from other "traditional" marriages who will no doubt rather find an alternative venue than support blatant discrimination.

    I believe allowing people to be outspoken about their discrimination is preferable to sending it underground where it will fester hidden away. Bring it into the light and let society decide, I think we'll come out on top and these people will evolve their opinions or go under.

    Posted by: Tyroga | Jun 22, 2012 7:02:55 PM

  13. Another news outlet reported the husband, whose family owns the establishment, said they do allow same sex receptions...

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 22, 2012 7:05:10 PM

  14. other news sources are saying that this woman had no authority to do this, she is only the bar manager. The husband and parents (the actual owners) sat this Isnt their policy.

    Posted by: Chris | Jun 22, 2012 7:08:21 PM

  15. Is this 1930's in Berlin ?
    Have these "know nothings" learned just that.....nothing.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 22, 2012 7:18:46 PM

  16. The onion got it right 11 years ago.

    Posted by: steven w | Jun 22, 2012 7:19:38 PM

  17. I'm with Javier and Tyroga. I think private entities should be allowed to choose their customers. Public outrage and the almighty dollar will force many of them to change. But the more private organizations are 'forced' to accomodate gay events, the more we will hear the same old "war on Christianity" song. Why would you want to go to a place that doesn't want you? Support a business who wants your business. I think having their wedding at the University Club is like giving money to the religious right. In fact, it is giving money to the religious right.

    Posted by: bravo | Jun 22, 2012 7:20:39 PM

  18. Well why is Mrs. Hatchet-Face "Biblical Christian" shooting off her chapped, egg-sucking piehole and contradicting what her husband says?

    Doesn't the Buy-Bull say something about womenfolk submitting meekly, silently and happily to their husbands?! 1 Timothy:2ff. If these "Biblical Christians" are going to pick and choose among the few verses (NONE quoting Jesus at any point) they interpret to condemn homosexuality, they need to follow the multitude of times in the Buy-Bull where a women's place is squarely defined-- under men's thumbs.

    In other words: Shut up, b!tch, your husband will fix your little red wagon when you get off-camera.

    Posted by: One of the CA 36,000 | Jun 22, 2012 7:22:41 PM

  19. Sounds like the manager/wife had a religious experience that has the rest of the family in a bind. Divorce her!

    Posted by: djcchicago | Jun 22, 2012 7:33:11 PM

  20. Whore! *Throws stone*

    Well, that's all it takes in your book.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 22, 2012 7:33:22 PM

  21. I wonder if they would host an opposite sex marriage between two atheists.

    Posted by: Craig | Jun 22, 2012 7:33:44 PM

  22. If she's a biblical christian, I guess that means they don't allow anyone to serve shrimp at their receptions. After all, the bible specifically forbids shellfish.

    I do believe there is a court case here and they might regret their decision.

    Posted by: john patrick | Jun 22, 2012 7:41:46 PM

  23. Don't think of it as a lawsuit. Think of it as a refund of the taxes these women paid for the roads and utilities that service this public business and the firemen and police who protect it. You run a public business that benefits from the public largesse, you have the obligation to serve the public.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Jun 22, 2012 7:54:18 PM

  24. Sorry Javier, but their lisence to run and operate a business is sanctioned by "we the people." I own a business. To do so I must have a license. In being granted that lisence I agree to run my business by ALL the laws "we the people" have decided every business must follow, for the good of all the people.

    If you can't abide by these rules, maybe running a business is not for you. It's very, very simple.

    Posted by: Michaelandfred | Jun 22, 2012 8:17:27 PM

  25. Just give me your actual reasons mam and I will take them one by one with you.

    In the end, at the very least, you can either get stubborn and refuse to govern your life by reason.

    Or admit that the Bible seems to be mistaken in the matter and that you are therefore wrong and don't really know what you're talking about, which means that gay people might be very nice people. Not the fruity ones of course, but you know, most of them.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 22, 2012 8:30:35 PM

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