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Videography Company in Bexley Refusing Service to Same-Sex Couples

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  • #1067308

    News
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    Same-sex couple turned away by small business in Columbus, Ohio
    By jcuret | Posted March 12, 2015

    A small videography company by the name of “Next Door Stories” located in Bexley, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, has recently raised a prevalent question: Are businesses allowed to refuse business from and service to the LGBT community?

    On February 4th, 2015, Next Door Stories LLC, owned by Courtney and Isaiah Schmackers replied to an inquiry made by Jerra Knicely and her partner about potential video services for their upcoming wedding.

    READ MORE: http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-1224230

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Chrysee
    Chrysee
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    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad when businesses demonstrate their bigotry so the free market can respond appropriately. BUT, I never understand in these situations why the business owner doesn’t just say “sorry, we’re booked on that date”??

    #1067321

    ohbr
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    Their website is offline and they’ve suspended their YouTube account, I’m surprised they’ve kept their facebook page though. hey, maybe we should adopt a law like Oklahoma is proposing; if you want to exercise your right to discriminate it has to be posted on the door. You know, “we reserve the right to refuse service based on religious beliefs” because it worked out so well in the past…. -_-

    I am curious to see how this all turns out.

    #1067322

    NEOBuckeye
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    I can’t imagine they’ll be in business too much longer in this town.

    #1067323

    bayrea
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    I’m not defending bigotry but I think it’s ironic that the State of Ohio does not recognize same sex marriage yet. Technically I can’t see how a law suit against the photographer would hold any ground when they could simply say, “the state doesn’t even recognize it!”

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    bayrea
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    Also in regard to the website being down. They are probably doing the smart business move. Change names, move a few blocks away. No one will ever make the connection unless they do some heavy digging.

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    pez
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    Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad when businesses demonstrate their bigotry so the free market can respond appropriately. BUT, I never understand in these situations why the business owner doesn’t just say “sorry, we’re booked on that date”??

    I don’t see anything in that note that indicates bigotry. Before we rally around to ruin a business maybe it makes sense to understand the situation rather than immediately crying racism/hate/bigotry/etc.

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    joev
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    I’m sure the Chick-Fil-a/Hobby Lobby crowd will support this bigot business.

    #1067328
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    I don’t see anything in that note that indicates bigotry.

    Not even the part where they said “I do not offer services for same-sex weddings”?

    I mean… they weren’t overly rude about it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not discrimination rooted in bigotry.

    #1067334

    pez
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>pez wrote:</div>
    I don’t see anything in that note that indicates bigotry.

    Not even the part where they said “I do not offer services for same-sex weddings”?

    I mean… they weren’t overly rude about it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not discrimination rooted in bigotry.

    So the only reason she doesn’t do same-sex weddings ‘at this time’ is because of bigotry? I’d assume there is some specialization in the field and some situations may not fit the template that she uses.

    Instead of leaving open the possibility that there may other factors to consider, you simply prefer to risk ruining some’s career and reputation by jumping to conclusions in the attempt to appear politically correct.

    edit: ‘you’ as in the collective, not indiviual.

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    ohbr
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    “So the only reason she doesn’t do same-sex weddings ‘at this time’ is because of bigotry? I’d assume there is some specialization in the field and some situations may not fit the template that she uses.”

    Yes… Because you need special cameras, filters, a new template and extra specially trained personnel to shoot a gay wedding opposed to straight weddings. It’s probably because she doesn’t have anti-glitter-glare technology right now. While she did put it politely and say ‘right now’ there is still little in the way of a logical reason as to why she can offer straight wedding services and not gay wedding services.

    Edit: I’m horrible at this coding quoting thing

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    MichaelC
    MichaelC
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    If you don’t see bigotry in refusing service to two people because of their sexuality, then you’re attempting to overlook bigotry.

    #1067338

    JeepGirl
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    True that it’s very likely that the entire story hasn’t been told and people will immediately jump on a bandwagon without knowing the full situation – it’s what people do.

    But.. I have to admit that while I’m personally not on that bandwagon yet I’m definitely trotting along with it and may look for a seat. This is a business in the business of taking photos, right? Doesn’t seem to make business sense that they wouldn’t just confirm their availability on the date, take the best photos they could, deliver them, accept their revenue with a pearly smile and move on.

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    So the only reason she doesn’t do same-sex weddings ‘at this time’ is because of bigotry? I’d assume there is some specialization in the field and some situations may not fit the template that she uses.

    Specialization in the field of videography? Like a special video camera that doesn’t work for gay and lesbian couples? Or maybe they only have a license for the “Straights Only” version of Final Cut Pro and don’t want to pony up the extra money for the “Gay Videography” add-on suite of tools?

    What other reason could there possibly be for a videography company to decline service to gay couples other than bigotry?

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