A company in Annapolis, Maryland will stop offering wedding-related services rather than face lawsuits for refusing to serve same-sex marriage couples.
Discover Annapolis Tours, which runs old-fashioned trolley tours, will lose $50,000 a year in business as a result of their decision. The owner of the trolley tour company would rather lose that money each year than to compromise his moral beliefs when the same-sex marriage law becomes legal at the beginning of the year.
Wedding vendors refusing to provide services to same-sex couples have faced discrimination lawsuits in the past – – and lost. Glendora Hughes, general counsel for the Maryland Commission on Civil Rights said: “If they’re providing services to the public, they can’t discriminate who they provide their services to.”
The law was upheld in the November election.