Bailey and her wife Samantha Brazzel were just trying to file their taxes when Carter Tax Service turned them away.

Oddly enough, both sides are claiming discrimination.  After the owner of the Russiaville, IN tax service refused to work with her, Brazzel decided to go public according to,

"I went in there to have my taxes done, not push my beliefs on her," said Brazzel, 25. "It's not professional to me to turn someone away because they do something differently than you would like."

The owner of Carter Tax Service, Nancy Fivecoate, has prepared Bailey Brazzel's taxes for the last 4 years.  But, after Bailey and Samantha married, no dice.  In fact, Fivecoate claims that she's the one being persecuted for her beliefs.

It's difficult for many to reconcile turning anyone away due to Christian beliefs.  (This is the part of the story is the opinion of Dana Marshall, not Townsquare Media.)  People seem to ignore bible versus like:

  • "Do to others as you would have them do to you" from Luke 6:31
  • “You are the people of God; he loved you and chose you for his own. So then, you must clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience" from Colossians 3:12
  • “Do not judge, or you too will be judged" from Matthew 7:1

Instead, they go straight to what seems to be more of a political anti-gay platform.

Some are asking the question, "should businesses have the right to refuse service due to religious beliefs."  The problem is people are ignoring the part of their religious beliefs that involve loving and caring for all people.  How can they have a legal right to something that is not clearly defined?



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