A Michigan city is being sued for banning a Christian family’s business from a local farmers’ market because they refuse to host same-sex weddings on their property.
Country Mill Farms and its owner, Stephen Tennes, filed suit against the city of East Lansing on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
At the center of the suit is the city’s decision to ban Country Mill Farms from the East Lansing Farmer’s Market due to comments Tennes made on his business’ Facebook page.
“Tennes’ Facebook statement professing his religious beliefs about marriage and his decision to only host and participate in only those weddings on his family farm that comport with those beliefs violates no federal, state, or local law or policy,” reads the suit.
“The policy and denial that followed violates Plaintiffs’ First and Fourteenth Amendment rights because it regulates Plaintiffs’ speech based on its content and viewpoint, creates a religious gerrymander designed to punish Plaintiffs for their religious beliefs, and conditions Plaintiffs’ participation in a public benefit — i.e., participation in the Farmer’s Market — on the surrender of Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to free speech, free press, the free exercise of religion, and equal protection under the law.”
Country Mill Farm is being represented by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative law firm that has handled similar cases in the past.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski