Ultrasound Deejays, a disc jockey company in Maryland, recently refused to perform at a gay man's birthday party.
Dani Tsakounis tried to hire the company for her brother Tom, who is married to another man. The party was for the couple's 60-year-old gay roommate.
Michael Lampiris, co-owner of Ultrasound Deejays, told The Washington Post, "I just said, ‘We won’t be able to do it, we’re a Christian organization and it would go against our faith, I’m sorry.'"
Tom reportedly posted about the incident on a neighborhood Listserv website, and filed a complaint with the Montgomery County Human Rights Commission.
Since 2001 it has been illegal for businesses “offering goods, services, entertainment” to discriminate against people based on their sexual orientation in Maryland, noted The Washington Post.
Lampiris, who said he has lived in Montgomery County for 30 years, claimed he has never heard of the anti-discrimination law, and added:
"But it’s important for us to make a stand. We don’t want to go against the law, but we also sometimes are called to do that if it goes against your faith. To me it would be like a synagogue having to cater to a neo-Nazi party or black DJ having to do a KKK dance.
(Gay clients aren't a) physical threat — it’s a conscience thing, and conscience is very important for everybody. In fact, I think it’s the most important thing."
Ultrasound Deejays says on its website: "We will not be involved in any event involving homosexual celebration or activity. We follow biblical morality."
The site also states, "We will always try to provide a bright, entertaining, wholesome and fun deejay style where no one is left out, and everyone leaves with a smile."