MD trolley owner stops hosting weddings rather than allow same sex couples

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 11:28 EDT
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An Annapolis, Maryland businessman said that he is closing down his wedding service rather than make it available to same sex couples. According to the Associated Press, Discover Annapolis Tours owner Matt Grubbs claims that he will be giving up $50,000 of income per year because of the decision.

Discover Annapolis Tours has long been a fixture among the city’s wedding venues. Its famous “trolley” buses are often garlanded and filled with flowers and used as a kind of limousine for brides and their retinues on their wedding day.

Grubbs said that he will be foregoing an estimated $50,000 in annual income by retiring the trolleys from weddings. The company’s website currently declines to offer an explanation, saying that full details will be made available on January 1, 2013, the first day that same sex couples will be allowed to marry in the state.

Anti-LGBT discrimination, like racial, age, disability, religious and gender discrimination, is illegal in all of Maryland’s public accommodations.

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David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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