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Maryland Trolley Co. Ends Marriage Tours To Protest The Gays, 'Bigotry'

Grubbs2As Maryland plans to celebrate its first same-sex nuptials following November's big marriage win, trolley company Discover Annapolis tours has announced it's getting out of the wedding business because it doesn't want to allow gay couples to marry on their route.

Well, announce is a strong word: rather, as the Baltimore Sun reports, Discover Annapolis owner Matt Grubbs (pictured, polishing his pole) wrote to a potential client, a straight man, Chris Belkot, that his company is Christian and therefore won't participate in Maryland's inclusive laws.

"We're a Christian-owned business, and we are not able to lend support to gay marriages," Grubbs wrote. "And as a public accommodation, we cannot discriminate between gay or straight couples, so we had to stop doing all wedding transportation."

Grubbs then urged Belkot write to his representatives to "request they amend the new marriage law to allow an exemption for religious conviction for the layperson in the pews." Grubbs also described marriage equality as "repressive bigoty."

He went on, "The law exempts my minister from doing same-sex weddings, and the Knights of Columbus don't have to rent out their hall for a gay wedding reception, but somehow my religious convictions don't count for anything."

Shocked and appalled by Grubbs' comments, Belkot wrote back, "It is your right to run your business any way you see fit, but let's be honest here, you drive a trolley up and down a street. Not exactly God's work."

Grubbs had no other comment other than that his discriminatory decision is costing his business $50,000.

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  1. Aww, poor thing! No one cares you POS.

    Posted by: James H | Dec 26, 2012 11:36:35 AM

  2. ..and Im sure if it were ANY OTHER Group...like Jews/blacks,hispanics....there woudl be OUTRAGE!!! FU Bigot - be GONE, and DON'T DARE Try Blaming this on Gays/lesbians - ITS YOUR CHOICE - No one elses!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Dec 26, 2012 11:48:21 AM

  3. On 98Rock this morning it was said this company stands to loose 50k in revenue because of this I think it will be more because they did not count the marriages that would have happened now that his business would have probably doubled or tripled.

    Posted by: Walter Fletcher | Dec 26, 2012 11:51:04 AM

  4. It is as much God's work driving a trolly up and down the street as it is to be a minister, if done in the right spirit, just as being a minister is no more God's work than driving a trolly up and down the street if done in the wrong spirit.

    Posted by: Ricco | Dec 26, 2012 12:01:38 PM

  5. Haha, please go out of business and die. No one will remember or care about you in a few years.

    Posted by: plinx | Dec 26, 2012 12:01:42 PM

  6. I agree with mr. Grubbs, I dont think it is fair for him either. I encourage him to write to his representatives to amend the law so that no religious cults are exempted.

    Posted by: MalaysianHo | Dec 26, 2012 12:02:40 PM

  7. It makes no sense, and never will. There is no national outcry about refusing to serve anyone from a blond male to a black female to a man with long hair; it's not allowed because it is considered blatant prejudice. I am floored that anyone, anyone alive, gives the slightest shred of respect to this "religious exemption" BS. These "religious" individuals do not care about anyone else; they'd serve MURDERERS and happily remarry the DIVORCED -- but when it comes to gays, suddenly they have this "strong conviction" and will go to frightening lengths to avoid having to touch gays with a ten-foot pole.

    I absolutely refuse, as is my own American right, to show the slightest bit of respect to their prejudice. To me, their "religion" is turning them into, or has turned them into, idiots and far, far worse. They get zero respect from me, and their "religion" does NOT allow them, in my opinion, to discriminate like this -- unless, and I mean this very firmly and I will not back down on it, unless we are all now permitted to discriminate FREELY against any section of the "religious," refusing to serve catholics, presbyterians, you name it. Fair is fair. This either goes both ways or else it is not allowed, end of discussion.

    Posted by: guest | Dec 26, 2012 12:04:10 PM

  8. Good. Discriminate all you want. Lose money. I hope you go out of business and someone whose mind is in the 21st century and not the 15th takes over your operation. Hateful old white bastard, I can't wait for all of you to be pass on, only to find out there's nothing but a long dirt nap in the end.

    Posted by: Bob R | Dec 26, 2012 12:05:51 PM

  9. Back in the mid-century, there were probably many places of public accommodation whose owners shut down or sold off rather than permit "Negroes" to enter. I think before you know it, you'll have a gay-friendly trolley. Annapolis has plenty of midshipmen to accommodate, after all.

    As for this "pole-polisher", may he rot in the hell his version of Christianity envisions.

    Time marches on.

    Posted by: Fahd | Dec 26, 2012 12:17:09 PM

  10. Good riddance to bad rubbish!

    Posted by: Bobby | Dec 26, 2012 12:21:25 PM

  11. Kudos to Chris Belkot for his spot-on retort to this idiotic Christianist Matt Grubbs who dares to compare himself to his minister even though Grubbs ONLY operates a public transportation business. And, to label "marriage equality" as "repressive bigotry", this poor fool of a business owner apparently has no clue what that phrase means. God, these right wing Christians are D-U-M-B!!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 26, 2012 12:22:09 PM

  12. Kudos to Chris Belkot for his spot-on retort to this idiotic Christianist Matt Grubbs who dares to compare himself to his minister even though Grubbs ONLY operates a public transportation business. And, to label "marriage equality" as "repressive bigotry", this poor fool of a business owner apparently has no clue what that phrase means. God, these right wing Christians are D-U-M-B!!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Dec 26, 2012 12:22:15 PM

  13. Ah yes, yet another example of 'religious freedom' meaning 'I want to discriminate against Gay and Lesbian citizens and then hide behind my Bible when people question me'. Seriously, this 'Christian' is vastly underestimating how much business he's going to lose over this.

    And to that I say: Good. Go bankrupt for your 'Christian morals' so a more inclusive company can take up the slack.

    Posted by: Oz in OK | Dec 26, 2012 12:24:02 PM

  14. Could someone please ask if they would like to deny services to divorced individuals, or those with tattoos? Seriously.

    Posted by: denizo | Dec 26, 2012 12:24:33 PM

  15. "Grubbs had no other comment other than that his discriminatory decision is costing his business $50,000."

    Good. I hope his religious convictions are worth it.

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 26, 2012 12:28:48 PM

  16. Marylanders should boycott ALL Christian-Based businesses. Let the trolley tours die on the vine. Looks like a good opportunity for a non-bigoted company to come in with their own set of trolleys or those adorable English double-decker buses (we have them here in San Francisco). If you're a gay entrepreneur here's your opportunity! Visit Kiva for funding to start that new trolley touring business!

    Posted by: OS2Guy | Dec 26, 2012 12:30:38 PM

  17. so, elsewhere in the world (and indeed the USA) there are people whose "Issues and Problems" revolve around not knowing where the next hot meal will come from, how to explain to their children how a sibling was shot dead in school today, and how on earth they'll make it through another day, another week, another month, another year.

    enter this cracker-@ss whiner. oh, boohoo. you have to close your business rather than deal with the gays. if that aint Delusional First World Problems then I don't know what is...

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Dec 26, 2012 12:35:01 PM

  18. Chris Belkot is awesome.

    As for these companies that would rather lose business and revenue than open their companies up for gay couples and people............oh well. They're signing their own death certification. Not only do they lose gay money, they lose straight money too. Their loss. These public stands are intentional. It's all about getting attention to their so-called "cause". Which is little more than continuing previous institutionalized discrimination against our community.

    Those days are ending and many can't handle it. They're arrogant and hate the fact they can't stomp all over us anymore. Boo hoo. Cry me a river.

    Posted by: Francis | Dec 26, 2012 12:50:32 PM

  19. I completely respect Mr. Grubbs' decision regarding his own business. But he is not entitled to an exemption on religious grounds. His own personal beliefs aside, the trolley service he operates is not a religious enterprise. I doubt he presents it as such in his publicity. It does not teach or expouse a doctrine or conduct religious services of any kind. As part of a wedding, it is completely optional. Having an officiant (religious or secular) is required by law. Having a trolley ride is not.

    Posted by: jpeckjr | Dec 26, 2012 12:52:11 PM

  20. I congratulate Mr. Grubbs on his understanding of the law. This is exactly how the system is supposed to work. Mr. Grubb has it precisely right.

    Now let's see what sort of interesting, inclusive trolley service opens up to serve a suddenly unmet need for local transport. The barriers to entry for this sort of thing are low, so it shouldn't take long.

    Posted by: SC David | Dec 26, 2012 12:58:44 PM

  21. Good! Go ahead and cut off your ugly, bulbous nose to spite your smarmy, smug, holier-than-thou christian face. And you can just forget about a religious exemption for your little trolly, ain't gonna happen.

    Posted by: Chuck | Dec 26, 2012 1:05:48 PM

  22. Sounds like a good business opportunity for someone else. They know in advance they'll have no competition from one company, one very bigoted company.

    Posted by: norseman | Dec 26, 2012 1:07:49 PM

  23. I can't imagine wanting to ride a trolley for my wedding.

    Posted by: Paul R | Dec 26, 2012 1:08:00 PM

  24. This man says he is a Christian but he clearly does not know what Jesus preached. Jesus preached INCLUSION not EXCLUSION and it's just a sad day when we see people making bad decisions based upon faulty teaching by their religion's leaders.

    Posted by: thepolarbeast | Dec 26, 2012 1:08:41 PM

  25. The response from Mr Belknot was awesome, essentially "Get over yourself, you're just a glorified bus driver and a bigot."

    Posted by: Caliban | Dec 26, 2012 1:11:36 PM

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