NY Court Orders “Re-Education” For Farmers Refusing Gay Wedding

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The culture wars rage on in the battle over marriage.  Despite the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize “same-sex” marriage last summer, the battles over this radical ruling show no signs of letting up.

Two of the victims of the “tolerance police” in New York state are Robert and Cynthia Gifford.

The Giffords, owners of a small farm in upstate NY, occasionally allowed their farm to be used for wedding ceremonies.  But when a lesbian couple called them to use the facility, that’s when the trouble began.

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CNS News has the full story:

A couple who hosts occasional wedding ceremonies on their New York farm have lost an appeal to overturn the $13,000 in fines levied against them by the state’s human rights agency, which ruled that their refusal to host a wedding for two women was discriminatory.

On Jan. 14, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, upheld the agency’s order and the fines, a decision the Alliance Defending Freedom – which represented Robert and Cynthia Gifford – said amounted to confirming, “that the government can punish the Giffords for declining to coordinate a ceremony that conflicts with their conscience.”

The couple lives in a barn they built on their farm and have occasionally hosted weddings on the first floor and the surrounding backyard area, according to ADF.

“After the agency ruled that the Giffords were guilty of ‘sexual orientation discrimination,’ it fined them $10,000, plus $3,000 in damages and ordered them to implement re-education training classes designed to contradict the couple’s religious beliefs about marriage,” a press release issued following the court decision stated.

In order to comply with the order, the couple will have to attend those “re-training” classes or have a “trainer” come to them, according to ADF.

If this sounds Orwellian, that’s because it is.  The liberal, fascist government in the state of New York believes it has the right to force people to deny their faith and religious convictions to satisfy the whims of the “sexually confused.”

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Not only did the state fine the Giffords some $13,000 for their “horrible intolerance”, they have ordered them to some Mao-like “re-education” training.

Welcome to Obama’s America!

CNS News has more:

“All Americans should be free to live and work according to their beliefs, especially in our own backyards,” ADF legal counsel Caleb Dalton, who argued before the court on behalf of the couple in Gifford v. Erwin, said in a statement. “The government went after both this couple’s freedom and their ability to make a living simply for adhering to their faith on their own property.

“The court should have rejected this unwarranted and unconstitutional government intrusion, so we will consult with our client regarding appeal,” Dalton said.

ADF attorneys argued that the First Amendment prohibits the government from forcing a wedding coordinator like Cynthia to plan and participate in a ceremony that violates her faith.

“The appeals court decision, however, sidestepped that argument and is allowing the government coercion to continue,” the ADF press release stated.

Where this case will end up is anyone’s guess.  Perhaps the state of New York will loot the Giffords bank account like Oregon did to Aaron and Melissa Klein after they refused to make a cake for a lesbian wedding.

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Or, perhaps the fascists in New York government will steal their property like the state of Washington is threatening to do to florist – Barronelle Stutzman – for refusing to do floral decorations for a homosexual wedding.

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The radical homosexual movement in America has been at work for decades.  First, they said they wanted tolerance.  Then, they said they wanted equality.  Now, they are demanding dominance in society.


Any dissenting voices are to be squashed – financially ruined or psychologically manipulated by some loony “re-education” gestapo.

Russ Hepler

About Russ Hepler

Russ Hepler is a pastor, teacher, political activist, author and conference speaker with over 30 years’ experience. He holds a B.A. from Messiah College and an M.A.R. from Evangelical School of Theology. He has been an issues’ advocate, a campaign volunteer for local, state, and federal candidates, Regional Field Director for PA Christian Coalition and president of a county chapter of Pennsylvanians for Human Life. His first book – Yes! We Can Turn This Nation Around! A Practical Guide for Christian Political Involvement – was published in 2012. He and his wife, Sherry, have founded Transformation 1202 Ministries to educate, encourage, and challenge people of faith to get involved in the political and cultural issues of our day.



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