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can a christian Ltd company supplying singers refuse to take part in a civil partnership
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Entertainment
Expert:  The Scribbler replied 8 years ago.
Is the company located in the USA?

Is the "civil partnership" a "domestic partnership" rather than a marriage?

And is the company not willing to participate in a ceremony associated with the domestic partnership?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Ok The company I work for is a UK Music session agency meaning we supply for a fee singers for various events ie parties, corporate functions, funerals, weddings etc, the company is Ltd and is a Christian one and the singers we supply are christian with fairly fundamental beliefs, we do not agree with same sex marriages but because of our website we are getting enquiries for singers to perform at Civil Partnership (same sex)ceremonies. As a company can we refuse?
Expert:  The Scribbler replied 8 years ago.
Your question is one right out of Ayn Rand's novel entitled "Atlas Shrugged". Here in the USA many businesses have signs that read "We Reserve the Right to Refuse Service to Anyone".

GOVERNMENT offices -Federal, state, county and municipal - don't have those signs - and don't have the right to refuse service to ANYONE.

"Common carriers" - phone companies, airlines, utilities - cannot refuse service to anyone.

But privately owned businesses, with very few exceptions, are under no obligation to do business with everyone who asks for their services.

Some of those exceptions are housing-related (they cannot discriminate against people with children, people based on their race, their religion, etc.). In a sense landlords and realtors and apartment owners have become "common carriers" by operation of law.

Privately owned personal-service businesses are not "common carriers". So as a company you can tell customers "no, sorry" or "we don't perform at those functions" when you need to.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Reply to The Scribbler's Post: Hi I notice you made reference to the US. Does your answer relate the US or UK?
Expert:  The Scribbler replied 8 years ago.
A logical question.

Here are a few links to UK businesses who also reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.

http://www.tradeholding.net/default.cgi/action/termsofservice/

(See under "Users")

http://www.investigativeresources.co.uk/about_us.htm

(See "Why we are the best" under item 6)

http://www.creative-web-design.co.uk/terms-conditions.php

(See under lawful purpose)

http://ukwebfocus.wordpress.com/2007/12/16/the-demise-of-eduspaces/

(See under "The Demise of Eduspaces" - although this business is now closed it too reserved the right "to refuse service to anyone")

http://www.vetspecialists.co.uk/02_Clerical/conditions.html

(See tab "Right to Refuse Service")

And these are just a few of similar examples I could provide if you want more.

Hope this shows that the UK allows businesses that are not "common carriers" to refuse services to anyone.
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