CATHOLIC FAMILY FIGHTS FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH OVER GAY WEDDINGS ON THEIR FARM

The Daily Caller | 4/12/2019 | Staff
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A Catholic family in Michigan headed to court Friday amid a three-year legal battle stemming from their decision not to host gay weddings on their farm.

Steve and Bridget Tennes are military veterans, the parents of six children, and the owners of the Michigan Country Mill Farm, according to The Washington Times. Controversy broke out when the farm responded to a Facebook question. The Tennes family articulated that their Catholic beliefs prevented them from hosting gay weddings on their farm, citing their “deeply held religious belief that marriage is a union of one man and one woman and Country Mill has the First Amendment right to express and act upon its beliefs.”

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Country Mill Farm was banned from selling their produce at East Lansing Farmers Market in 2017 for not following the city’s civil rights ordinances, according to The Washington Times. Steve Tennes sued East Lansing in 2017 and went to court Friday in Kalamazoo, according to the Lansing State Journal.

“In the Masterpiece case, the Supreme Court said unequivocally that when the government is hostile toward religion or religious believers, even when there’s a hint of hostility and animus, then that’s enough to invalidate government action,” said John Bursch, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom who represents the Tennes family.

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