You Can’t Sell Fruit Unless You Support Gay Marriage

From FoxNews:

The Tennes family has been farming in Michigan for generations.

They grow all sorts of crops at the Country Mill Farm – organic apples, blueberries, pumpkins, sweet corn.

And for the past seven years, Steve Tennes and his family have sold their produce at the farmer’s market owned by the city of East Lansing.

But this year – city officials told the devout Catholic family that their blueberries and sweet corn were not welcome at the farmer’s market – and neither were they.

Last year, someone posted a message on Country Mill’s Facebook page inquiring about whether they hosted same-sex weddings at the farm.

Tennes told the individual they did not permit same-sex marriages on the farm because of the family’s Catholic belief that marriage is a sacramental union between one man and one woman.

City officials later discovered the Facebook posting and began immediate action to remove Country Mill from the Farmer’s Market – alleging the family had violated the city’s discrimination ordinance.

“It was brought to our attention that The Country Mill’s general business practices do not comply with East Lansing’s Civil Rights ordinances and public policy against discrimination as set forth in Chapter 22 of the City Code and outlined in the 2017 Market Vendor Guidelines, as such, The Country Mill’s presence as a vendor his prohibited by the City’s Farmer’s Market Vendor Guidelines,” read a letter the city sent to the family.

It also did not seem to matter to city leaders that the farm is located 22 miles outside the city limits – and had absolutely nothing to do with the business of selling blueberries at the farmer’s market.

“We were surprised and we were shocked,” Steve told me. “My wife and I both volunteered to serve in the military – to protect freedom now we come home and the freedom that we worked to protect – we have to defend in our own backyard.”

Of course, the Left never did believe in tolerance nor do they believe in the First Amendment. To them, gaining the political upper hand legitimizes their efforts to destroy all dissent. “Tolerance” was just a facade to enable the Left to impose compliance.

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  • Sky__Captain

    I do love it when the Left show their true intolerant selves.

    • Unfortunately, it’s really hard to take their ‘tolerant’ stances at face value when they’re clubbing you over the head for supposed infractions of their ever-so-tolerant mandates.

  • Brucehenry

    According to Country Mill’s website a big part of their business is renting out barns for wedding receptions and they offer two sites at which to hold ceremonies as well. If East Lansing’s “Farmer’s Market Vendor Guidelines” prohibit the participation of vendors who discriminate against same-sex couples, the Tennes family shouldn’t be surprised.

    If they refused to rent their barns or ceremony sites to interracial couples or to interfaith couples no one would be shocked if they were kicked out of a small-town farmer’s market for discrimination.

    These folks have a thriving on-site business, it appears. Their participation in the East Lansing Farmer’s Market, which is on Sundays only from 10am to 3pm, is apparently not crucial to the survival of their family business. And they should have been aware of the guidelines when they began participating in it.

    IANAL but this appears to me to be another of Todd Starnes’s hissyfits. The city prohibits the participation of vendors who discriminate. The Tennes family discriminates. Their rationalization for their discrimination is immaterial, in my opinion.

    • jim_m

      They do not discriminate as they have not been convicted in a court of law for discrimination. Therefore, the city is guilty of infringing on their civil rights without cause.

      And of course you spoke too soon. You are only too happy to see the civil rights of conservatives abridged over the most ridiculous of concerns.

      • Paul Hooson

        I agree with the evidence standard of your first paragraph, but not your personal opinions in paragraph two. Bruce did agree in his edit that a stronger standard of evidence of some actual discrimination has not taken place, so it seems we are all reasonable persons in agreement here. Someone needs to actually contend discrimination for a case of discrimination to be established and some religious statement of religious beliefs on Facebook does not rise to a level of establishing a true discrimination example here. The city acted too quickly here.

        • jim_m

          The state cannot punish someone without due process. It’s that simple you fucking idiot. Or are you saying that the protection of the Constitution does not apply in cases where you believe social justice overrules it?

    • Scalia

      So I guess I spoke a little soon.

      Saved me a rebuttal.

      • Brucehenry

        I do what I can

  • Paul Hooson

    The city is clearly in the wrong here as not enough evidence exists that a public business actually discriminated against anyone here. Some statement on Facebook by someone probably falls well short of establishing any actual discrimination.The farm would have to publicly advertise that they host marriages there as a public business and then some actual persons would have to be told to their face that their gay marriage is not permitted there to even establish that a public business discriminated against anyone here. Further, if the marriages there are ones arranged by their local Catholic parish and the priests do not marry gays as a matter of church rules, then a religious layer standard of free expression of religion also exists.

    The farm probably has a case to sue since a standard of proof of discrimination has never been proven.

  • Wild_Willie

    The left is sooo full of hate which is the main reason they are a huge minority in most state legislators and the federal government. Trump will appoint many federal judges that will have a different view of this bullcrap the left tries. “Believe what I believe or you can’t play.” I would say the act of not allowing someone to sell in a market because of his or her belief is discrimination. Trump being elected didn’t cause the left’s hate, it just revealed it. ww

    • Scalia

      We already have a slew of lower-court nominees. With many vacancies, we can hopefully reverse many of the excesses of the Obama years.

  • pennywit

    Over the last decade or more, I’ve gotten less patient with people who turn to legal strong-arming in situations like this. My first thought would be to organize picketers or something.

  • stan25

    The city of East Lansing has no jurisdiction over entities outside of the city limits, so therefore, their ordnance is not valid. A lawsuit would show that was the case, therefore what the city is forcing on the family is wholly unconstitutional, but then again; when did the left abide by the law of the land? Only when it suited them.