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.
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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