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Discover Annapolis Tours Publishes Manifesto On Gay Marriage Decision

| February 13, 2013, 10:15 AM | 16 Comments

maryland_gayDiscover Annapolis, the trolly company based in Annapolis which refused to accomodate any wedding based on the owner’s personal opposition to gay weddings, has published a manifesto of sorts (PDF) on their website explaining the decision.

In late 2012, Eye On Annapolis broke the story in November that Discover Annapolis had ceased servicing weddings after the owner refused a heterosexual wedding booking and explained that his refusal was due to the recent referendum in Maryland that allows for gay weddings.  In November, the owner, Matt Grubbs, said that an explanation would be posted on his website in January.

Grubbs goes to great lengths to (7 pages) to explain his decision which is peppered with scripture.  While outwardly opposing gay marriage and refusing to serve the marriage needs of the gay community, in his manifesto Grubbs states, “In my view, if there’s anything unique about gay folk, it’s not that they are guiltier than anyone else (they aren’t). What’s unique is the amount of rejection, ostracism, frustration  and sometimes persecution they have to endure in order to feel a little bit like members of the human race.”

At one point, Grubbs defends his company from accepting other non-biblically endorsed weddings (divorced people, Christians marrying non-Christians, etc.) by stating that with a gay couple,  there is “no ambiguity where a gay wedding is concerned.” Apparently someone needs to let Fox News know about that!

He concludes his opinion by comparing “gayness” with alcoholism and encourages Christians to step in and help the gays overcome their affliction.

If a person has a weakness for alcohol and drunkenness, most people would agree that the loving  thing to do is to help that person face and overcome their destructive habits. Those who would  encourage indulgence are not the loving ones, but those who have the courage to confront and  help them. The same is true with those struggling with sexual sins, including same-sex  attraction. The loving thing to do is not to encourage people to indulge or celebrate their sin but  to help them live in accordance with God’s design for them. Paul could say to the Corinthian  believers, “Such were some of you, but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were  justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” In Christ, there is  forgiveness and salvation, whatever the sin that has enslaved a person. Christians need to be  about bringing to others the deliverance they have experienced. To do anything else would be  unloving.

–Matt Grubbs–Owner, Discover Annapolis Tours

Finally, Grubbs provides links to two websites for “people who are living in victory over their homosexual tendencies.”

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About the Author - John Frenaye

John is the publisher and editor of Eye On Annapolis. As a resident and business owner in Anne Arundel County for nearly 25 years, he realized that there was something missing in terms of community news–and Eye On Annapolis was born in late spring 2009.

John’s background is in the travel industry as a business owner, industry speaker, and travel writer. In terms of blogging and social media, he cut his teeth with MSNBC.com.

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  1. Joshua Maida says:

    How could it possibly be considered “discrimination” if the company isn’t accepting ANY weddings, hetero or homosexual?

  2. Scratching my head. Didn’t this dude already get his 15 minutes of fame for his pseudo-martyrdom back in November?

    It would be a true shame if the beautiful, friendly, and historic city of Annapolis has its well-earned reputation tarred by his renewed crusade to exclude an entire class of taxpaying citizens from his commercial tourism business.

  3. to_tell_the_truth says:


    He SAYS, “What’s unique is the amount of rejection, ostracism, frustration and sometimes persecution they have to endure in order to feel a little bit like members of the human race.”

    And yet he contributes to that very rejection, ostracism, frustration and persecution they have to endure.
    I’d say he’s conflicted to say the least.

  4. to_tell_the_truth says:

    Because, if he obeyed the law, he WOULN’T be allowed TO discriminate. He still very much WANTS to.
    Religious freaks like him need to shut up or butt out of other people’s lives.

  5. Ford1968 says:

    Mr. Grubbs basically says “some of my best friends are gay…I think they’re sick and in need of healing…but hey, I love the sick bastards and treat them with respect”. The fact that he sees gay people as broken and in need of fixing because they are gay is, in and of itself, disrespectful and hurtful. And, no, God does not characterize gay people as broken.

    Mr. Grubbs, there is no biblical condemnation of covenant same-sex relationships. The bible is utterly silent on the morality of romantic intimacy between gay people. To say that gay marriage is immoral because of the promiscuous, abusive sex acts proscribed in the bible is like saying that incorporating a business is immoral because of the biblical condemnation of greed. Not all businesses are greedy. Not all sex acts are promiscuous and abusive.

    Here’s what “the Billy Graham of the UK” recently had to say on the topic: http://www.oasisuk.org/inclusionresources/Articles/MOI

  6. mitchelle says:

    I think he needs an editor.

  7. Joshua Maida says:

    You do understand that it’s his business right? That if he’s forced to do something he doesn’t want to do, he’s not “butting into other people’s lives” but that they infact are butting into his…. You do get that right?

  8. georgeolds says:

    So, you’d be fine with it if he decided to discriminate against people of color? Or the disabled? Should he get those ‘Whites only served here’ signs out of the closet?
    If the law says you can’t discriminate, you can’t discriminate – against anyone – no matter how much you want to.
    If your business is open to the public, it’s open to ALL of the public.
    You do get that, right?

  9. georgeolds says:

    He’s ONY not doing str8 wedding parties BECAUSE gays can get married.

  10. Joshua Maida says:

    I’d be far from “fine” with it in the sense that you seem to be implying that I’d advocate his doing that. I don’t give a crap what he does with his business. It’s HIS business.

    You do get that if you as a business owner discriminate, I as a consumer can also discriminate by going somewhere else. You do get that that is what liberty is? That’s freedom of association, of belief, of speech.

    I would rather know what people think/believe and be able to confront it with real decisive action (spending my money elsewhere) than to have someone smile to my face but despise me as soon as I walk away. They still dislike/hate me but now they have my money too?

    I’ll take real liberty over forced participatory group think any day.

  11. Joshua Maida says:

    Awww who gave me down twinkles? Someone who doesn’t understand logic, that’s who.

  12. Joshua Maida says:

    So you admit it’s not discrimination. He’s choosing to NOT discriminate by removing any opportunity to discriminate.

  13. georgeolds says:

    Of course it’s discrimination. What are you, DENSE?

  14. georgeolds says:

    Maryland has non-discrimination laws, and this ‘businessman’ BROKE them. And you defend it.
    You ignore the liberties of the people against whom he discriminates. That’s just puke-worthy.

  15. Joshua Maida says:

    Good grief, do you even know what that word means?

    Discrimination – treating people differently through prejudice: unfair treatment of one person or group, usually because of prejudice about race, ethnicity, age, religion, or gender.

    Now go on to tell me how him treating everyone the same (NO WEDDINGS) is actually discrimination.

  16. Joshua Maida says:

    Again you’re incorrect. First in assuming he broke any laws. Gay marriage was not legal in md so there was no way for him to discriminate against gay married couples prior to it becoming legal.

    Secondly, I don’t defend him, I defend the rights of EVERYONE to serve or not serve the clientele they desire. I also defend the rights of EVERYONE to patronize or not patronize any establishment as their delicate little heart desires.

    Your issue seems to be that you think one person’s “liberty” trumps another’s. I do not. What’s puke worthy is you do not undertsand the fundamental idea of individual liberty. Frankly I don’t even think you understand what the word means.

    It’s also puke worthy that you’ll sit here and project your ignorance onto me. First you liken me to a racist then to an ignoramus, while you yourself don’t even have a basic grasp of what makes discrimination what it is. You seem to want him to cow under the law and despite his faith or beliefs serve those he does not wish to serve. You’re an advocate of forced participation and authoritarian subjugation. But that’s usually the case with statists. They believe that they’re smarter, and more important than anyone else, and should that anyone else not want to do something that would benefit the statist, they will use the brute force of government to achieve their ends.

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