As has been the case in most of ADF’s similar pro-discrimination cases — which they’ve nearly universally lost — these arguments are largely hogwash.
That’s because the city was not responding to Tennes’ beliefs, but to his discriminatory business practices.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), the anti-LGBTQ hate group fighting for discrimination across the country, is back with a new lawsuit defending a business owner who wants to refuse service to same-sex couples.
The latest case involves a Michigan farmer who wants to refuse to host same-sex weddings while still participating in a farmer’s market in a city with nondiscrimination protections.
Stemming from Darwinist ideals of becoming better with evolution, the eugenics movement of the mid-20th century made it its mission to keep the sick, disabled, mentally ill or anyone else deemed inferior at the time (mostly minorities and criminals) from reproducing. The University Hospital performed a large portion of the roughly 3,800 sterilizations estimated to have been performed in Michigan.
Victor Vaughan, a former Medical School dean and namesake of the School of Public Health’s building, was one of the main advocates of Michigan’s forced sterilization law.
As it does on behalf of the Country Mill, ADF regularly asserts that refusing to sell services related to same-sex weddings isn’t anti-gay discrimination so long as the vendor sells all its other products and services to LGBTQ people.
For this to be true, it requires believing that “different-sex weddings” and “same-sex weddings” are two different products; otherwise, the business is offering two different menus based on the sexual orientation of the customer, which — as courts have consistently agreed — is clearly discrimination.
The Country Mill offers many services at the farm throughout the year that aren’t part of the farmer’s market, such as a corn maze, hay rides, and a petting zoo.
And former University President Clarence Cook Little, another outspoken eugenics supporter, led the American Eugenics Society after resigning from the University presidency in 1929.
The Union Tower occupation (Michigan Union) A controversial honor society with a racist past, an activist group willing to go to extremes to make a point and a campus heated with racial tensions due to the affirmative action debate — the showdown on the seventh floor of the Michigan Union in 2000 had all the makings of a prolonged drama. For 37 days, the Students of Color Coalition occupied the seventh floor of the Union to protest the sometimes-secret senior honor society Michigamua, once known for rituals mocking Native Americans.