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Matt Grubbs, Tour Trolley operator in Annapolis, Md.,objects to Same Sex Marriage, Opts out Of Serving Wedding Parties

10:53 PM, Dec 27, 2012   |    comments
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ANNAPOLIS Md. (WUSA) - With same sex marriage set to become legal in Maryland next week, there is now a new debate about discrimination laws regarding same sex marriage.

In Annapolis, a trolley bus operator is getting out of the wedding business altogether, refusing to serve same sex wedding parties.

Operator Matt Grubbs has announced on that he won't do business with same sex couples on religious grounds, and because such discrimination would be illegal, he has decided to give up weddings altogether, with mixed reactions from tourists.

Grubbs has refused to do interviews, but Derek McCoy of the anti- gay marriage group Maryland Marriage Alliance calls this an unintended consequence.

Other states have had similar debates -- innkeepers in Vermont who refused to host a same sex wedding were sued and forced to settle.

In St. Mary's County, the circuit court clerk will not require deputies who object to gay marriage to perform same sex marriages.

Statewide, the court system has no policy on how to handle such objections.

Expect this new fight to come right back to Maryland's capitol where anti-gay marriage advocates will seek new protections for business owners like the trolley operator, who believes the law discriminates against him because of his religious beliefs.

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