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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. The REAL Threat to the Sanctity of Marriage (Not Gays)

    Social conservatives distracted by gay marriage are missing the big picture
    It is just as much government's role to marry someone as it is to Baptize , give Communion, or Bar Mitzvah someone.

    Gay couples are targeting the wrong institution, all for government benefits.

    Posted by: Trenchpress | Jun 22, 2012 8:32:09 PM

  2. If it were me, I would go in and ask to speak to a male and make it very clear that the Bible frowns upon women in business. According to the Bible she has no standings. See if that bursts her bubble.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Jun 22, 2012 8:33:09 PM

  3. @RANDAL OULTON Thanks for the link to their site -- I used the "contact us" to send this:
    Your hairdresser, your florist, the best of your kids' teachers, your interior designer, many of your wait staff.
    Will you be buying everyone of them little maid outfits and telling them to not speak to White people without being spoken to?

    Do you watch TV shows or listen to music by Gay people? For instance, do you like Cole Porter songs? Steven Sondheim? Perry Mason? Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are all Gay creations.
    You need to stay away from all of those

    Of course, your comment is nonsensical, as well as hateful: people come to you because they do not want to "live in sin", and you refuse to help them be married.

    AN ACTUAL CHRISTIAN MIGHT HAVE SAID -- "PLEASE DO NOT BE OFFENDED, BUT WE ARE UNCOMFORTABLE HOSTING GAY EVENTS" -- which might be illegal in many States, but it would not be a cheesy sermon and condemnation of others.

    Posted by: Bob | Jun 22, 2012 8:55:35 PM

  4. yeah and I'm sure she has NO problem marrying divorced people.. hypocrite..

    Posted by: Scott | Jun 22, 2012 9:01:28 PM

  5. Why not just take the damned lesbian couples greenbacks.....hold your nose and let then have a commitment ceremony? Whats so complicated with that?

    OH but I guess then you wouldnt get your 15 minutes of fame on faux news, cbn, and focus on the family. These dastardly christians always have to tell you theyre a christian.And they dont just tell you. They scream it at you until your ears hurt.

    Growing up I was taught being a christian is shown from your actions. Like compassion toward others. I guess nowadaze thats just too much work to actually DO something christian. Its just better to throw hate and say you ARE a christian. so much easier than getting all icky shoveling food onto styrofoam plates at the shelter.....

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Jun 22, 2012 9:07:15 PM

  6. C U Next Tuesday, Biblical Christian.

    I have the feeling a certain family member is going to be taking a long, much-needed vacation until all this blows over, LMAO!!

    Posted by: jim | Jun 22, 2012 9:29:27 PM

  7. i would like to ask this manager if she would refuse to rent the hall to a couple who have been divorced and getting remarried to other people? she and every other proclaimed christian are hypocrites on this subject because the bible is very clear on divorce and remarriage, but this is ok according to them.

    Posted by: wkm1965 | Jun 22, 2012 9:54:42 PM

  8. OK some fruity ones too since some are so damned cute.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 22, 2012 10:25:36 PM

  9. Those of you who keep saying that "private" entities should be entitled to discriminate against you don't understand the nature of civil rights. Almost every entity with which you might deal is a "private" entity. It's not all little B&Bs run by a grandma (and often very very small businesses ARE exempt from public accomodation laws.) "Private" entities include big-box retailers, supermarkets, international hotel chains, restaurants, etc. etc.

    The whole point of civil rights accommodation laws is that any entity that choses to be open to the public, must be open to ALL of the public. Imagine yourself arriving at midnight on a holiday weekend at a big hotel where you have a reservation only to be told they won't honor the reservation because think you are gay. Or taking a group of customers to a business dinner only to be told that -- "sorry, we don't serve latinos." Or arriving bleeding to a private hospital that says "nope, no blacks here - go bleed elsewhere."

    These kind of things HAVE happened and will continue to happen unless there are laws preventing it AND people who are willing to make the extra effort to sue businesses who like to think that these laws don't apply to them. Sure, it's annoying and gives some homophobes grist for their mill, but it's the only way to get some people to understand that the jig is up and they have to comply with the law.

    Rolling over and saying "oh it's just some stupid business in Moline, who cares?" is exactly the wrong approach. If nothing else, there are all sorts of little gay boys and lesbians being raised in Moline who need to hear that these laws are being enforced in their town, too.

    Posted by: buster | Jun 22, 2012 10:32:34 PM

  10. very judgemental, calling their love and want to be married a sin, i mean really, and calling herself a biblical christian and yet judging them which is a sin as well.

    Posted by: Luke | Jun 22, 2012 11:04:03 PM

  11. What a stupid, ignorant and hypocritical christian woman. The bible is NOT on her side. She needs to shut up and submit to her husband.

    Posted by: nikko | Jun 23, 2012 12:10:05 AM

  12. NIKKO - cracked me up, LOL from the funny bone.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Jun 23, 2012 12:28:05 AM

  13. Kudos, Buster! You got it right!

    Posted by: Scooter | Jun 23, 2012 12:29:21 AM

  14. The answer is: Gay people and their friends should take their business elsewhere. Give your business to people who respect you and shun the rest.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 23, 2012 1:36:35 AM

  15. As someone who, as a bisexual, ended up in a monogamous relationship with another woman, I'd rather give my money to a business who doesn't discriminate. When we decide to have our commitment ceremony, be it legal marriage or not, depending on the state... It will be all 150-200 family members+friends. If they don't want our business, we'll support businesses who do.

    Posted by: Jami | Jun 23, 2012 1:43:11 AM

  16. Javier,

    The problem with your line of thought is the scope of it all. You end up with any establishment or service treating any client with disregard on any type of factor. Hotels, restaurants, reception halls, super markets, airlines, banks, hospitals, insurance companies, etc. etc. could all deny service to any subset of people for whatever reason because they are "private".

    Suppose a person who is known to be gay lives in a very remote area with the only market within a two hour drive decides to not allow that person into the market to shop because they don't "support their lifestyle"...

    Perhaps a private hospital that is run by a religious organization holds true to the "you shall not suffer a witch to live" so refuses to treat a pagan...

    Perhaps a gay couple books a hotel in a remote area only to be turned away... or a bus driver leaves a gay couple on the side of the highway should they do something like holding hands...

    Private companies that provide goods and services to the public must do so for the whole public without obstruction - unless said obstruction is that they run out of goods or do not have the bandwidth/capacity to provide said service. Anything less than that opens the door to great hardship and inequality in the lives of countless Americans based on any number of factors from race to religion to nationality to sexual orientation to gender identity.

    I don't know about everyone else, but I hardly want to live in a country where I walk down the road and see "Straights only" on the signage for any number of establishments. That, to me, is absolutely unacceptable.

    Posted by: RJS | Jun 23, 2012 2:17:21 AM

  17. Properly speaking, the headline should read: "MANAGER AT Illinois Reception Hall..." In fairness to them, I believe the owners of the wedding hall themselves were quite clear that their position is not the manager's.

    Posted by: James Killough | Jun 23, 2012 3:56:59 AM

  18. John Patrick- I was going to say the same thing- they cant pick & choose things out of that book- its either all or nothing.

    Posted by: Todd B | Jun 23, 2012 5:29:42 AM

  19. I believe in the god, "Goo-Goo-Da-Dah" and he says to me that I don't have to pay my bills or pay my taxes or obey the law. I can get into any business I want and accept taxpayer funds and I run my business anyway I please because "Goo-Goo-Da-Dah" said so.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Jun 23, 2012 6:49:05 AM

  20. First of all, congratulations to the couple wishing to marry. Sorry you have met the ugly face of bias in this woman who is so obviously willfully ignorant of what the Bible actually says, is ignorant of the history of marriage, is ignorant and fearful of same gender love. This establishment must have a license to operate, making it subject to civil rights laws. The laws exist to protect against discrimination. Suing is the only appropriate response. Neither we nor society gain anything by allowing this kind of behavior to stand, regardless of the twisted justifications of brain-washed, hard hearted "Christians." Fear and ignorance create prejudice and prejudice unchallenged becomes bigotry. Find a public interest law firm or the ACLU to represent you in suing the University Club for a substantial amount of money. Younger LGBT people -- and, judging from some of the comments, some conservative older ones, too -- need for you to stand strong against this violation of your rights. I hope other venues will step forward to offer their services to you so you may enjoy a happy wedding day.

    Posted by: Elangay | Jun 23, 2012 7:18:26 AM

  21. There are a lot of 'biblical Christians' in the tri-city [Moline-Rock Island-Davenport] area. A Godly number of them do not practice what they preach.

    A boycott would send a message, but I don't know how what real good it would do in that part of the world. Some kind of lawsuit would send a stronger $message$

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 23, 2012 7:39:37 AM

  22. What's so idiotic about this woman's reasoning is:

    She doesn't need or have to be present at the ceremony or reception.

    They aren't asking her to change her beliefs or validate a gay relationship or lifestyle in any way. Nor are they asking anyone else at the establishment to do so.

    Their holding these events in her establishment does not mean the establishment endorses gay relationships or marriages, it simply holds events of all kinds.

    It's a facility open to the PUBLIC for various events, therefore it's not a private, members-only club. "Public" means everyone, not just a chosen majority.


    I see validity in a lawsuit, based on all of the above.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 23, 2012 8:48:56 AM

  23. Aren't atheist weddings against the Bible? Does she have a problem with those too?

    Posted by: jetheriot | Jun 23, 2012 9:23:40 AM

  24. Did anyone else wonder, if it's a so-called Christian venue, why is their logo Islamic? (Crescent and star)

    Posted by: Duff | Jun 23, 2012 10:18:14 AM

  25. "I'm a biblical Christian," which means she doesn't follow Christ at all. She follows a rule book written when people thought the earth was flat and the sun went around the earth.

    She's unable to think for herself, unable to process fact. Thank God her parents gave her a job. Who would want to have a wedding reception at any place owned by this sick woman, gay or straight?

    Posted by: Bart | Jun 23, 2012 10:39:05 AM

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