Viewpoint Discrimination in Virginia
Speaker: Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia
Even as the U.S. Congress eagerly passed the “(dis)Respect for Marriage” Act during the Lame Duck session, the Family Foundation of Virginia experienced a foretaste of what supporters of the soon-to-be law said wouldn’t happen: religious viewpoint discrimination. On Nov. 30, Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond refused food service to the Family Foundation of Virginia – 90 minutes before its fundraiser was to occur! The reason? FFV is unapologetically pro-life and pro-biblical marriage. The restaurant owners said in a tweet, “In eight years of service we have very rarely refused service to anyone who wished to dine with us. … We respect our staff’s established rights as humans and strive to create a work environment where they can do their jobs with dignity, comfort, and safety,” the restaurant said. Will we see more of this type of viewpoint discrimination when the RFMA becomes law? If so, what recourse do CEA members have? FFV’s own Victoria Cobb will join us to discuss this growing concern.