NY couple appeals 'sexual orientation discrimination'

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

gavel with Bible 1If New York appeals court judges consider the Constitution, the owners of a family farm may win their discrimination case - so says the attorney handling the case.

Cynthia and Robert Gifford live in a barn constructed on their farm and have occasionally hosted weddings. In 2012, they received a call requesting use of their facilities for a lesbian wedding. They offered the farm for the reception, but declined the wedding based on their closely held religious beliefs.

Jim Trainor, an attorney allied with Alliance Defending Freedom, tells OneNewsNow the lesbians filed a complaint with New York's Division of Human Rights.

"We had a proceeding at the administrative level and it went against us," he begins. "We appealed it – and we're on appeal now, mostly on constitutional grounds; that being that the judge below did not even consider the Giffords' constitutional and religious rights in this case." Religious rights he says are guaranteed to all Americans.

Alliance Defending FreedomArguments were held Monday before the New York Supreme Court's appeals division. Trainor says it went "very well" because the judges "asked a lot of questions."

"We had a hot bench," he describes. "... [The judges] were focused on our constitutional rights for the most part, and we think that's a good thing. I really feel confident that the judges will give very hard consideration to these tough issues and hopefully it'll come out our way."

That decision should come in about two months. If the ruling goes against them, the Giffords could be required to follow the lower-court edict and pay $13,000 and take "re-education training" to accept homosexual business in spite of their religious beliefs.

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