Christian business owners forced to pay large fine after refusing to host gay wedding ceremony

Earlier this summer, Glenn and TheBlaze reported on the plight of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado after its owner, Jack Phillips, refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple citing religious beliefs. In December 2013, Judge Robert N. Spencer ruled Phillips must “cease and desist from discriminating” against same-sex couples – despite his religious beliefs – or pay fines.

In June, Colorado State’s seven-member Civil Rights Commission reinforced the December ruling – deeming Phillip’s refusal to serve an act of discrimination and ordering the owner to halt the practice.

Now, a New York family is facing a similar issue. Cynthia and Robert Gifford, owners of Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, have been fined $13,000 for refusing to allow a gay wedding ceremony to take place on their property in 2012. This refusal came one year after New York State legalized gay marriage.

According to Religion News Service, the Giffords told Jennifer McCarthy and Melisa Erwin, a lesbian couple from Newark, New Jersey, they were welcome to hold their reception on the property but not the actual wedding ceremony – citing their Christian belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Gifford’s attorney told RNS the couple employ gay staffers and have hosted events for homosexual couples in the past, but the marriage ceremony itself – which would either take place on the first floor of the Giffords residence at the farm or an adjacent property – was something they were not comfortable with.

“If you're the gay couple, and they say, ‘Okay, you can have the reception. We just don't want the wedding itself to be here,’ why would you force that issue,” Pat asked on radio this morning. “Why not go someplace that doesn't have a problem?”

McCarthy and Erwin took their case the New York’s Division of Human Rights and emerged victorious. As TheBlaze reported, Judge Migdalia Pares ruled the business cannot be characterized as private because Liberty Ridge Farm is a public accommodation as it rents its space and regularly collects fees from the public.

As a result, the Giffords must pay a $10,000 fine and give an additional $1,500 each to McCarthy and Erwin.

“Come on. This is insane… Why can't you just take your business elsewhere,” Pat asked. “It's so ridiculous that we've turned into a society where you have to do things that go against your religious conviction. That's wrong. That's unconstitutional. You shouldn't have to do that.”

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'The Fedcoin is HERE': Glenn Beck reveals what the Fed was up to while YOU weren’t watching

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While Americans were preparing for Thanksgiving last Wednesday afternoon, the Federal Reserve moved forward with its "Central Bank Digital Currency" program, and that wasn't the only controversial policy that was rolled out while you weren’t watching.

On the radio program, Glenn Beck reviewed the latest financial stories you may have missed over the holiday weekend, including how Biden's pause on student loan payments may be extended again and yet another sketchy Hunter Biden investment.

"You might have missed what happened Wednesday afternoon at the Fed," Glenn began. "They started their CBDC, Central Bank Digital Currency. Yes, the Fedcoin is here. Now they rolled it out on Wednesday — I mean, that was the only day they could do it, you know, because they've been denying that any of this stuff was happening. But they could only get it [launched] when no one was paying attention. So they rolled it out, and it's in its beta test now."

"By the way, India just rolled out its retail pilot program for digital rupees as well. But don't worry," he continued. "Maybe we should start having the conversation of, 'Gosh, this looks like the mark of the beast.' I mean, doesn't it? But surely it's not. Of course not. Not from the U.S. government. They never do anything underhanded or evil. Never."

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BIGGER than Tiananmen Square? Here's what the China protests are REALLY about

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China has been locking its citizens down for over two years under its zero-COVID policy, and it's becoming more and more clear that this isn’t just about COVID but something much more serious: slavery and control. Now it looks like many citizens have had enough. Protests are currently spreading throughout China and, unlike during the Tiananmen Square protests, the word is getting out.

On Monday's radio program, Glenn Beck looked into the protests' "real motivations," explained how they’re different from the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square, and predicted how these events are a "game-changer for the entire world."

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Every year as Thanksgiving approaches, the fear of politics being brought up at the dinner table is shared by millions around the country. But comedian Jamie Kilstein has a guide for what you should do to avoid the awkward political turmoil so you can enjoy stuffing your face full of turkey.

Kilstein joined "The Glenn Beck Program" to dissect exactly how you can handle those awkward, news-related discussions around the table on Thanksgiving and provided his 3-step guide to help you survive the holidays with your favorite, liberal relatives: Find common ground, don’t take obvious bait, and remember that winning an argument at the cost of a family member won’t fix the issue you’re arguing about.

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