September 16, 2020
An Oregon business has filed a complaint against a church. The reason was that they prohibited them from hosting an LGBT event in a building owned by the church. They are claiming that the fallout from that decision has harmed the company.
The Ambridge Event Center of Portland Oregon, a company contracted to manage an event centre owned by Holy Rosary Church. They are now suing the church for lost income, improvements made to the facility and attorney’s fees (a total of $2.3 million). The lawsuit filed states that Ambridge found itself compelled to turn away an LGBT group that wanted to host an event.
How this happened
The PFLAG Portland Black Chapter, an African-American LGBT support group, sent a request to Ambridge to have an event held at the venue they were renting from Holy Rosary. But they had to decline the request and then apologize, stating that the refusal came at the order of Holy Rosary.
Ambridge also raised issue with the church’s decision to end their contract deal. This happened after the company hired an openly gay events coordinator. Seems like, they took this decision to “restore its image with its clientele and its relationship with the LGBT community.”
Above all, the target of the lawsuit is a church. That’s why this case is unique among other cases. In other cases, organization have been forced to pay damages after they refused to do business with homosexual couples. Not only is the target of the lawsuit a church but the plaintiff is not the LGBT group but instead a private, for-profit business that claims to be harmed by the church’s policies.
Certainly, religious organizations are largely exempt from Oregon state discrimination law. It is highly unlikely that Ambridge will prevail. But the church will be forced to pay out significant attorney’s fees simply to defend itself from such legal attacks.
Source – prophecynewswatch.com, fulcrum7.com, christianpost.com