IN IOWA, TED CRUZ FOCUSING ON BUSINESS OWNERS HARMED FOR THEIR 1ST AMENDMENT BELIEFS

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8.21.15 – Dallas Morning News

 

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“In Iowa, Ted Cruz woos the right with business owners who refuse same-sex couples”

 

Todd J. Gillman Follow @toddgillman Email tgillman@dallasnews.com

 

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DES MOINES, Iowa –Cruz will spend much of the day at the Iowa State Fair. But that will be mere warm-up for an event he’s been promoting for a month, featuring some of the florists and bakers who’ve faced fines, financial ruin and protests for refusing services to same-sex couples.

…For the Friday evening rally, Cruz assembled an A-team (or rogues gallery, depending on your view) conscientious objectors — florists, bakers and others who have refused to provide services to same-sex couples.

These VIP guests include:

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of the Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, in Gresham, Ore. In July, the state’s labor commission ordered them to pay $135,000 for emotional damages to a lesbian couple from nearby Portland, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. The Kleins refused to make their wedding cake – but the state ruled that their religious beliefs don’t trump state law barring discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The Kleins have appealed.

 

Dick and Betty Odgaard: In 2013, the Mennonite couple refused to host a same-sex wedding at the Gortz Haus Gallery, a former church they converted to an art gallery, flower shop, bistro and wedding venue in Grimes, Iowa, near Des Moines. Last year, the state Civil Rights Commission fined them $5,000. In January, they stopped hosting all weddings to avoid further penalties. Struggling financially, they closed their doors entirely last month. A month ago, Cruz released a video of a chat with the Odgaards as a way to drum up support for the rally.

 

Kelvin Cochran: In January, Atlanta’s fire chief was fired by Mayor Kasim Reed, a few months after being suspended over a self-published book that compares homosexuality to bestiality. Cochran has sued the city in federal court, alleging religious discrimination.

 

Barronelle Stutzman: The Washington state florist refused to provide flowers for a pair of grooms in 2013, prompting international attention, protests, threats and an outpouring of support. A judge ordered a $1,000 fine that she is appealing. She defends her actions.

 

Blaine Adamson: The owner of a Kentucky print shop declined a T-shirt order in 2012 from an LGBTQ group, citing religious disagreement with the message: “Lexington Pride Festival.” The shirt listed sponsors of the gay-pride event on the back. The city’s Human Rights Commission found the action violated a local non-discrimination ordinance.  In April, a judge overturned that ruling.

 

Phillip Monk: In 2013, then an Air Force senior master sergeant, Monk became a cause célèbre for Christian conservatives who objected to repeal of the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. He had clashed with an openly lesbian commanding officer at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland for refusing to declare his own support for same-sex marriage.

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8.12.15

 

SHORT VIDEO – TED CRUZ:  54 MILLION OUT OF 90 MILLION EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS STAYED HOME IN THE ELECTIONS OF 2012 — LINK TO VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a25q436bGSM&feature=youtu.be

 

 

 

Donna Garner

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