Courtney Hoffman, a gay woman, has taken a remarkable stand for the freedom of association. After a pizzeria whose Christian owners said they would not cater a gay wedding was compelled to close after receiving threats, Hoffman supported their right to operate according to conscience with a personal donation. The Blaze reports:
Kris Cruz, a radio host and producer of “The Jeff Adams Show,” was the first person to flag Hoffman’s donation. He then contacted her through Facebook and she agreed to join them on the air Monday.
Cruz started with the “big question” — Why did she do it?
“My girlfriend and I are small business owners, and we think there is a difference between operating in a public market space and then attaching the name of your business to a private event,” she said. “Like, if we were asked to set up at an anti-gay marriage rally, I mean, we would have to decline.”
The response on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive, with some rare exceptions. Here are some:
— Red Millennial (@RedMillennial) April 7, 2015
I support the actions of #CourtneyHoffman. If we (LGBT Community) truly want acceptance, we must practice it!!!
— Brett Alan Sterling (@brettster81) April 7, 2015
#CourtneyHoffman My partner & I are so proud of you, Courtney! Angry progressive fascism is not the answer. People have the right to faith
— Danielle (@Danielle_Wedge) April 7, 2015
And the standout:
— Jacob Shaver (@Jacob_B_Shaver) April 7, 2015