Fired or almost fired for having a Torah based belief:
Peter Vidmar had to resign from a leading role representing the US Olympic team after several reports revealed that he had supported initiatives against same-sex marriage.
A Toronto broadcaster, Damian Goddard was fired after he wrote a Twitter message supporting traditional marriage as the only true marriage.
Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, an Orthodox chaplain in Toronto was nearly fired from his job simply for stating his opposition to the Jewish federation’s call for Jews to join the Toronto gay pride parade.
Lawsuits and legal sanctions for not wanting to
participate in a same-sex wedding ceremony
A small business owner who is a photographer was sued and forced to pay a fine for not wanting to photograph a same sex ceremony. This happened in a state that does not have same-sex marriage or even civil unions. In states where same-sex marriage is legal the punishment will be much more severe.
“A boardwalk pavilion in the seaside town of Ocean Grove, N.J., that has been at the center of a battle over gay civil union ceremonies has lost its tax-exempt status because the state ruled it no longer met the requirements as a place open to all members of the public.”
“A lesbian couple is suing a Vermont inn, claiming it refused to host their fall wedding reception because of their sexual orientation.
…Twenty-one other states and the District of Columbia have similar laws. Greg Johnson, a law professor at Vermont Law School, said the suit could set a precedent as more states legalize same-sex marriage. Currently, same-sex marriage is legal in six states and the District of Columbia, all of which protect gay men and lesbians in their public-accommodations laws.
‘I think this case could set an important precedent not only for Vermont but for other states with marriage equality,’ Professor Johnson said.”