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Texas Wedding Venue Refuses Gay Men


An anti-gay banquet facility in Texas has refused two men who wished to have their wedding reception at the venue. Ben Allen and Justin Hudgins, who have been together for eight years, plan to marry in Mexico in April. They also intended to hold a local reception for friends and family at the All Occasion Party Place located just outside of Fort Worth - that is until the owner told them she doesn't conduct business with gays.

KVUE reports on the refusal of service:

“She immediately responded with, ‘Well, no, I don’t do that,’ and that was just the end of that,” Allen said. “It felt like somebody had just hit me in the face.” But Allen said he was told by phone and by e-mail the business won’t serve gays.

“It is because of God that I will not be a part in your reception, and I know he loves you, but not what you are doing,” an employee at the hall, Robin Hearne, wrote to Hudgins in an e-mail he provided to WFAA. “I simply said I can not rent to you which is also my right.”

While the All Occasion Party Place has a Fort Worth address, it is apparently located just outside of the city limits. This prevents the application of Fort Worth's anti-discrimination laws. Allen and Hudgins are looking for an alternate location for their wedding reception.

Watch the KVUE news clip, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. @ STeve Atl

    So according to you, a "free society" is one in which no one has Freedom Of Association and everyone who engages in commerce is legally forced to use his private property and labor to serve people he does not wish to associate with?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 24, 2013 12:08:07 PM

  2. @ Miguel

    "People are entitled to dislike said groups, but not reject them based on their core being."

    Actually people aren't free to dislike according to some, including some courts. Read the actual law and think about ethnic markets. In some of these places certain people get a big hello and excellent service including a free bottle of fish sauce, while persons of other ethnicities barely get the time of day. That is actionable in some places.

    So you not only have to serve people you don't want to serve, you can't tell them that you would rather not serve them So that tramples two aspects of the First Amendment. Do you see the objection here?

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 24, 2013 12:14:16 PM

  3. another "loving" Christian who has a judgemental god........I am hoping that the bad publicity puts these folks out of business so they too can play victim and blame the gays......and yes, I know this is Texas, but that is still not an excuse......my god is loving, supportive and non-judgemental

    Posted by: Bernie | Feb 24, 2013 12:43:51 PM

  4. I'm not a troll. I'm just someone who would make the world a better place by dying.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 24, 2013 3:50:40 PM

  5. Take your money someplace else and get as many of your friends and relatives to do the same. Be glad that you found out that they were bigots before you gave them any "gay" money.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 24, 2013 7:34:02 PM

  6. Why do we waste time with long comments every time this type of thing happens? All we need is to read the basic story so we can simply Blog a "Thank You" for the info and to add the establishment to your list of places not to patronize yourselves in the future.

    Posted by: Jerry6 | Feb 24, 2013 9:28:33 PM

  7. @steve atl

    "Basically, someone like David Hearne and UFFDA, by their own admission want it to be legal for everyone to have a 'No Gays allowed' billboard outside their business."

    Actually that isn't a bad idea: respect the right to freedom of association of the business owner but require that he post a list of those he won't do business with.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Feb 24, 2013 9:31:09 PM

  8. The real DAVID HEARNE rocks. UFFDA just likes to say stuff and see what happens.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Feb 25, 2013 12:18:03 AM

  9. Why would ANY gay man want to live south of the Mason/Dixon line? We all know the collective I.Q. drops 50 points once you cross that line, not to mention total lack of culture. Yuck. They don't even know how to speak the language.

    Posted by: millerbeach | Feb 25, 2013 5:38:00 AM

  10. Lest we forget this is Texas we're talking about here. bass ackwards and the armpit of the US, my heart goes out to this couple but they should have at least booked a banquet room that wasn't owned by a bigot. Interview people first face to face. Your gay dollars go much further amongst your own kind (and expect to pay more).

    Posted by: DC Arnold | Feb 25, 2013 8:27:11 AM

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