Matt Grubbs, owner of the Discover Annapolis Tours, announced in December his intention to cease shuttling wedding parties and guests from churches to receptions because of his opposition to same-sex marriage.
His decision not to do business with same-sex couples is based on his religious beliefs. Since such discrimination would be illegal due to Marylandâ€™s antidiscrimination statute that includes sexual orientation, he has decided forego the weddings part of the business altogether. As a result, he stands to lose some $50,000 a year in revenue.
â€śThe law exempts my minister from doing same-sex weddings and the Knights of Columbus donâ€™t have to rent out their hall for a gay wedding reception, but somehow my religious convictions donâ€™t count for anything,â€ť Grubbs wrote in an email to the Patch. â€śWeâ€™re a Christian-owned company and we just canâ€™t support gay marriages. Weâ€™re not trying to make a statement. We’re not trying to make a point. We’re just trying to be faithful Christians.â€ť
Grubbs intends to request the General Assembly for an exemption so that he can refuse his services to same-sex couples on religious grounds.