A Christian deejay is defending himself and his faith after coming under fire for refusing to perform at a gay man’s birthday party.
Michael Lampiris, co-owner of Ultrasound Deejays in Maryland, told The Washington Post he got a call from Dani Tsakounis, who was helping her brother hire a deejay for his gay roommate’s 60th birthday party.
Tsakounis mentioned that her brother is married to another man, that the roommate is his former lover and that they all live together.
“I just said, ‘We won’t be able to do it. We’re a Christian organization, and it would go against our faith. I’m sorry,’” Lampiris told The Post.
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Tom Tsakounis, 46, was so angered when his sister informed him of Lampiris’ refusal that he filed a complaint with Montgomery County Human Rights Commission, The Post reported.
Tsakounis said he has never been denied service based on his sexuality and was stunned that such an offense would be allowed in a liberal county like Montgomery.
Lampiris, 54, was equally surprised by the hubbub, but for a different reason.
He told The Post he never heard of the Maryland state law that forbids discrimination in public accommodation businesses like deejay services.
Ultrasound Deejays has a written company policy that explicitly says it “will not be involved in any event involving homosexual celebration or activity. We follow biblical morality,” according to The Post.
The company’s website describes Ultrasound Deejays as a “family-friendly” company whose policy also turns down requests for vulgar music, provocative dancing or strippers and events that involve “fortune tellers, psychics, or magicians.”
“We will always try to provide a bright, entertaining, wholesome and fun deejay style where no one is left out,” the company’s website says. “Let us work together to keep America clean and good!”
Lampris said he won’t be bullied into going against his faith.
“We don’t want to go against the law, but we also sometimes are called to do that if it goes against your faith,” he told The Post. “To me it would be like a synagogue having to cater to a neo-Nazi party or black deejay having to do a KKK dance.”
Lampris hopes the issue doesn’t become a standoff, but if it did, “We would make a stand if the good Lord is willing,” he said, citing the Book of Acts verse, “We ought to obey God rather than men.”
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