Farmer Files Lawsuit After He's Banned From Market Due to Gay Marriage Stance
Michigan farmer Steve Tennes and his family have been told that they can't sell their crops at a local farmers market due to their views on same-sex marriage, and now they're suing the city of East Lansing.
Last year, someone posted a message on Country Mill Farm’s Facebook page inquiring about whether they hosted same-sex weddings at the farm.
Tennes, a devout Catholic, told the individual that they did not because of their religious beliefs.
City officials later discovered the Facebook post and began immediate action to remove Country Mill from the farmers market, alleging a violation of the city’s discrimination ordinance.
On "The Story" tonight, Tennes, accompanied by his lawyer Kristen Waggoner, explained that the city changed the wording of the ordinance specifically to bar his farm.
Waggoner said it's clearly a violation of the Tennes family's constitutional rights for the city to force them to give up their livelihood over their religious beliefs.
She said it's actually the city of East Lansing that's engaging in discrimination.
"One of the reasons my wife and I both volunteered to go serve our country in the military was because freedom of religion, freedom of speech, is dear to our hearts," Tennes said.
He said he talks to his five children about bullying all the time, and that's what he believes the city is doing to their family.
"We're standing up, not just for us, but for everyone," Tennes said.
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