LGBTQ publication publishes Lufkin attorney's response

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A website which claims is the "world's most followed LGBTQ news source" has published a response from a Lufkin attorney concerning his decision to not host same-sex weddings at his venue.

The news site requested comment from Flournoy after he had made the announcement in a TJM advertisement.

Flournoy responded with a letter, stating he would not engage in conversation about his beliefs but explained how Texas law allows him to refuse to serve same-sex couples at his business.

"My issue is to support marriage between one man and one woman and I refuse to participate in any other kind of marriage," the letter states. "So, go do your thing somewhere else and I won't be calling you terrible things or threatening you and your family as so many of your readers have done to me. Different views, when treated respectfully, make America great. I will thank you for disagreeing respectfully with my position on same-sex marriage and I will respect yours. I will not host a same-sex marriage at my place and I will not demand that you promote my constitutional rights in your Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Nation publication. Is that fair enough?"

"You know that I have the right, under the law in Texas to just say "no". I would welcome a lawsuit, but don't expect it because your group would lose and it would set a bad precedent for your cause."

"Most of your readers won't appreciate your printing what I have just said but an honest journalist will do it anyway," Flournoy said in conclusion.

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