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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. You drive a stupid trolly. You are not the morality director of the state of Maryland. Nor should you be. So you ignore the vast teachings of Jesus Christ (remember him?) so you can spout off your bigoted beliefs? Sorry pal, Christianity doesn't work that way. You and all your ilk are doomed to eternal hell because of your behavior. You decided to pass judgement on other mortals, usurping the ultimate authority of God, thus committing a MORTAL sin. You do know what a mortal sin is, don't you? You are violating one of the TEN COMMANDMENTS!!! Do you get that? Do you understand what you are doing? I honestly think you are too stupid to understand that you are in violation of your own "Christian" teachings. Better yet, read that Bible you are thumping so hard...it works better when you open in and read it. Read about how all Jesus is about is love. Find some in your life, if you can. Your heart sounds mighty hard and cold, and Jesus can't enter your heart if it is cluttered with hate. Good luck! You need it.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Dec 27, 2012 4:45:22 AM

  2. Hateful prick. Also kinda stupid since he could just lie and say its booked.

    Posted by: Cyberman | Dec 27, 2012 7:29:40 AM

  3. Just a micosm of what white men are facing: not being top dog anymore and fading fast. This idiot is using religion as a cover for his prejudice. Unless that Trolley runs directly to the Airport, I've no interest.

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Dec 27, 2012 8:13:11 AM

  4. Religious bigots make very bad capitalists. Step aside, idiot, and let a trolley operator who doesn't discriminate against anyone beat you in the "free market." No, you'd rather wallow in your victim stance. I hope you lose your business.

    Posted by: SoLeftImRight | Dec 27, 2012 9:43:10 AM

  5. Oh well. The good news is, at the end of the article, a Baltimore limo company owned by a gay man, has a few trolleys and will see an increase in their business to fill the gap left by this dude. So a win for us, in a roundabout way?

    Posted by: RaleighRob | Dec 27, 2012 10:39:00 AM

  6. Another example of a self-important, impious, egotistical, vanity-driven, showboating christian out to get a few moments of publicity for his "deeply-held spiritual beliefs". He displays his bigotry like a proud but perverted peacock. I hope the man starves to death, dying in abject poverty and humiliation.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 27, 2012 11:08:04 AM

  7. Another example of a self-important, impious, egotistical, vanity-driven, showboating christian out to get a few moments of publicity for his "deeply-held spiritual beliefs". He displays his bigotry like a proud but perverted peacock. I hope the man starves to death, dying in abject poverty and humiliation.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Dec 27, 2012 11:08:07 AM

  8. @CRAIG: agreed. If he is so religious why is he taking away what the church is supposed to do? Don't true religious people get married in churches only? Isn't that what God wants? Aren't church marriages "tradition"? Won't God be mad if you don't get married in his house? I think Mr. Money Grubber should be more worried about his blashpemy.

    Posted by: BETTY | Dec 27, 2012 3:29:21 PM

  9. Just checked out their website....in addition to sight-seeing tours, they apparently just do transportation to and from events, NOT the actual weddings aboard the trolley. But I do see problems with their other transportation offerings:

    Rehearsal dinners: will they provide transportation for my gay rehearsal dinner but just not my gay wedding?

    Reunions: there are many families with gay people and gay married people in them. Or, I'm a gay person looking to organize a reunion of all my gay friends.

    Corporate/Association meetings: my LGBT group is planning their annual convention.

    Birthday/Anniversary celebrations: we are holding an anniversary party for a gay couple who have been married for X amount of years. Or, I'm throwing a birthday party for my gay best friend.

    Bar mitzvahs: I'm a gay married person and we are throwing a Bar mitzvah for my adopted son. Also, as a "Christian-owned business" he doesn't have the same problem/issue driving people to a religious ceremony (be it any non-Christian religion) he does not agree or believe in?

    Red Hat outings: don't diss the red hat ladies! LOL

    Naval Academy football games: there maybe a gay guy amongst the drunken frat guys.

    So, if he is really going to stand up for his beliefs he may not be able to offer these services for fear a gay might get through the cracks. Otherwise accepting money from a gay person (who might be turn out to be married) makes him a hypoctrite.

    Posted by: BETTY | Dec 27, 2012 3:53:16 PM

  10. I'm not a lawyer or resident of Maryland, but it seems to me that, assuming Maryland's anti-discrimination law applies to trolley operators, it would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, not just same-sex marriage. Indeed, title 20 of the Code of Maryland prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation as well as marital status.

    So, if the trolley operator did not want to serve gays, he could not just exclude wedding parties. He would also have to stop serving gays and straights for any occasion whatsoever. In other words, there is no legal way to operate a business that is subject to Title 20 if the operator does not want to serve gays.


    Posted by: F Young | Dec 27, 2012 4:32:02 PM

  11. For those of you who haven't, read the full "Baltimore Sun" article - both pages.

    @OS2guy: You're going too far. Please remember that there are plenty of Christian businesses who are more than happy to serve same-sex couples.

    @Anon & GoodCarver: Read more carefully, guys, the paper is in Baltimore, the trolley is in Annapolis. Annapolis is a lovely city even before you add in the charms of the Naval Academy.

    @Little Kiwi: It's been awhile since I've visited your blog. Thanks for the prod via your link.

    @Andrew Belonsky: Please get your facts right. The GROOM uttered the wonderful "repressive bigotry" to Grubbs. There have been too many comments of this sort of late:(

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Dec 28, 2012 5:25:05 AM

  12. Also, they do prom transportation as well....and we all know that NO premarital sex happens on prom night. NEVER!

    Posted by: BETTY | Dec 29, 2012 1:40:34 AM

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