The New Jersey beach area of Ocean Grove has been owned and operated by The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA) since 1869. OGCMA mission is to provide opportunities for spiritual birth, growth, and renewal in a Christian seaside setting. Among the many facilities in the shore town is a beach pavilion, which is the center of a state lawsuit.
Reverend Scott Hoffman of the association believes "absolutely that the state doesn't have the right to dictate to a religious organization to do something that's in opposition to our religious beliefs." This belief is being put to the test by two lesbians who have filed a federal non-discrimination complaint against the association for not renting the pavilion for their civil-union ceremonies. The federal court dismissed the case on the grounds that the case should be under state jurisdiction. The association filed a case against the state Division on Civil Rights, protected their religious rights.
Court Dismisses Church Suit Against New Jersey for Threatening its Religious Freedom
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Unfortunately, in different states and in different parts of the world, Christians are shutting down their services when they are forced by "non-discrimination" laws into compromising their Christian morals for those of the state.