Thursday, June 21, 2007

NJ: Lesbian Couple Seeks to Force Church Group to Rent Property for Civil Union Ceremony

Anyone still entertaining the notion that the gay 'rights' movement is about freedom needs to wake up. The freedom to live, work, raise our children, and operate our ministries according to Biblical truth is disappearing at an alarming rate - especially for Christians...

From "Lesbian couple denied beachfront access for civil union" by Angela Delli Santi, posted 6/20/07 at

A lesbian couple barred from holding their civil union ceremony at a beachfront pavilion in Ocean Grove has filed a state civil rights complaint against the church group that owns the property.

The couple, Harriet Bernstein and Luisa Paster of Ocean Grove, allege in a complaint filed Tuesday with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights that they were denied use of the boardwalk pavilion because of their pending status as same-sex civil union partners.

"We wanted to have our ceremony on the boardwalk, on the beach, because it's a beautiful setting, just like any married couple would want to do."

Division on Civil Rights Director Frank Vespa-Papaleo said the complaint was the first to deal with discrimination in public places under New Jersey's new civil union law, which took effect in February.

The boardwalk pavilion the couple applied to use is owned by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association, a Methodist ministry that owns all the land and the boardwalk in the oceanfront enclave of Victorian homes that is now part of Neptune Township.

The right to 'marry' will not be enough. EVERYONE will be forced to approve and participate...

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