A government commission has ordered a man who runs a video duplicator business to do a job for a lesbian activist after he initially refused because, as a Christian, he did not want to help promote homosexuality.
According to a report by Concerned Women for America, Tim Bono of Bomo Film and Video in Arlington, Va., did not want to violate his biblical values by helping promote two pro-homosexual films lesbian activist Lillian Vincenz wanted duplicated.
Bono Film & Video informs potential customers that the firm does not duplicate material that it deems obscene, could embarrass employees, hurt the company’s reputation or that runs counter to the company’s Christian and ethical values, Bono told the Family Policy Network, which is working to organize a lawsuit against Arlington County.
The Arlington Human Rights Commission began an investigation into Bono’s refusal to do the job and held a public hearing on March 9 to discuss the alleged discrimination. The panel then issued the order for Bono to acquiesce to the lesbian activist’s request.
If Bono refuses to do the job, “after a reasonable amount of time, the commission can reassemble and discuss why the remedy was not done,” Raul Torres, executive director of the panel, told CWA.
One option would be for the commission to ask the Arlington County Board of Commissioners to file a discrimination complaint in Arlington Circuit Court.
The human rights panel found that Bono did not review the content of the videos, entitled “Gay and Proud” and “Second Largest Minority,” and in refusing to take Vincenz’s business violated the county’s ban on discrimination due to sexual orientation.
Bono’s case is reminiscent of that of Scott Brockie, a Canadian Christian printer who was penalized $5,000 in 2001 for refusing to print letterhead for a homosexual advocacy group.
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