There have been some 15 cases where Christian wedding businesses have been taken to court for refusing to serve same-sex couples.
According to WND.com, since the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage, at least 15 cases have come to the courts, including the Colorado case where Christian baker Jack Phillips refused to make a wedding cake for a same sex couple. His case eventually won at the Supreme Court.
The cases were mentioned in Family Research Council’s new report, “Religious Liberty and the ‘Wedding Vendor’ Cases.”
“People of faith increasingly find themselves facing lawsuits (along with censure and hostility) when they refuse to renounce their religious beliefs on marriage and sexuality in living out their faith,” says Alexandra McPhee, director of Religious Freedom Advocacy at Family Research Council.
“One need look no further than the wedding industry, where small business owners are being forced to make the choice between violating their faith and freely running their businesses.”
In many of the cases, the court has awarded damages to complainants.
” … Business owners across the country have had to face the unacceptable choice of violating their religious beliefs or losing their livelihoods—all because they will not use their skills to affirm or facilitate the celebration of a same-sex wedding.”
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Amanda Casanova is a writer living in Dallas, Texas. She has covered news for ChristianHeadlines.com since 2014. She has also contributed to The Houston Chronicle, U.S. News and World Report and IBelieve.com. She blogs at The Migraine Runner.