by Sierra Marlee | June 14, 2015 3:48 pm
Another chapter in the anti-religious bigotry saga has been written. When Christian DJ Outfit Ultrasound DeeJays refused to play at the birthday of Tom Tsakounis, a gay man, you would have thought they denied him life-saving care. Despite having it written out in their company policy that they follow Biblical morals, Tsakounis took to the legal system with his complaint.
From The Blaze:
Dani Tsakounis wanted help her brother Tom throw a birthday party for his 60-year-old housemate, so she phoned up Ultrasound Deejays in Maryland to see if the outfit could provide the music.
During the phone call, it came up that Tom Tsakounis’ housemate was past partner of his and that Tsakounis, 46, is married to another man — all three live together.
ichael Lampiris, coowner of Ultrasound Deejays, broke the news to Tsakounis’ sister.
“I just said, ‘We won’t be able to do it, we’re a Christian organization and it would go against our faith, I’m sorry,’” he recalled to the Washington Post.
At that, Lampiris recalled, Dani Tsakounis said to “forget it” and hung up.
But the issue was far from over.
Tom Tsakounis was incensed and registered a complaint with the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission, the paper said.
More from the Post:
Maryland state law has banned discrimination based on sexual orientation in public accommodation — which includes businesses “offering goods, services, entertainment” the law says — since 2001. But the question of whether such laws infringe on the rights of religious conservatives, however, has received increased attention as more gay equality advocates have stepped up to file complaints and religious conservatives have argued that their conscience rights are being violated.
In this case, both Lampiris and Tsakounis were surprised the issue erupted – but for different reasons.
Tom Tsakounis said he had never been denied services in his life because he is gay and was floored to see it happen in Montgomery County – a liberal suburb where he has lived for 15 years. Lampiris, 54, has been living in the county for 30 years and said he had never heard of the law forbidding such discrimination.
Ultrasound Deejays, which he founded in the 1980s with his brother, has a written company policy stating “we will not be involved in any event involving homosexual celebration or activity. We follow biblical morality.”
The company policy states that they are a “family friendly” firm and won’t play vulgar music, tolerate provocative dancing or be involved with strippers, “fortune tellers, psychics, or magicians.”
“We will always try to provide a bright, entertaining, wholesome and fun deejay style where no one is left out,” the site says. “Let us work together to keep America clean and good!”
All of which “made me feel like I got hit in the stomach,” Tom Tsakounis told the Post. “You feel like: ‘C’mon, in my neighborhood?’ But: Wow, yes — in my neighborhood.”
The Post reported that its attempts Friday to reach the state and county civil rights offices were unsuccessful.
But the Post said Lampiris seemed unconcerned about legal repercussions. Ultrasound Deejays, he said, has refused to work other events: When a teacher wouldn’t agree to try stopping students’ raunchy dancing, for example — and then after learning a bridal party included several lesbians.
Lampiris added to the Post that “it’s important for us to make a stand.”
Why are we not letting the free market take care of situations like these? Why must people be legally bound to provide a service to someone? It’s that the definition of slavery?
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