Nashville Worker Wes Breedwell Allegedly Fired For Wearing 'Same-Sex Marriage' T-Shirt

Wes Breedwell fired

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President Barack Obama began his second term by declaring a commitment to gay rights -- the first time such an idea had been uttered from an inauguration podium. That same day, a seven-year employee of a Christian-owned Nashville music venue was fired, allegedly for "non-Christian" behavior on social media, and wearing a T-shirt that announced his support for gay marriage.

Wes Breedwell took to Twitter on Monday, announcing that he'd been fired from Rocketown. "Social media is what did it," he wrote, and then sent along a snap of him in a T-shirt for the band Hostage Calm, with the slogan, "I Support Same-Sex Marriage" on the back.

When Hostage Calm's Chris "Cmar" Martin got wind that a fan had suffered for his support, he gave him a call. In a statement released on the punk band's website and Facebook page, Martin said that Breedwell told him about years of discrimination, in which the music club denied him raises and promotions because of his beliefs.

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Finally he was fired, Martin wrote, for "wearing this shirt commemorating equality" and "non-Christian activity on social media pages."

The band also emailed AltPress a photo that appeared to be a document given to Breedwell on his firing. "You cannot wear a shirt to work on an office day or a show day supporting same sex marriage," it states. "It is imperative that our beliefs are not personal or presented @ work that contradict the mission."

Under federal law, and in most states, including Tennessee, it is not illegal to fire someone for being gay, or supporting gay marriage. But it is illegal to discriminate against an employee for his or her religious beliefs.

The venue's founder, Michael W. Smith, denied that Breedwell was fired for speaking out in support of same-sex marriage. "Rocketown does not comment on personnel issues," Smith's publicist wrote in a statement obtained by The Tennessean newspaper, "but, generally speaking, an employee would not be fired for expressing opinions on marriage."

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The statement goes on to emphasize that Rocketown, which also serves as a community center, is accepting of youth of all backgrounds, including "sexual orientations." Rocketown did not respond to AOL Jobs' request for comment.

But while Cmar, who had played Rocketown several times, said that he thought it was "a positive force in the Nashville community," Breedwell's story has changed his mind. "A youth center and music venue cannot be a positive force in the community if it degrades and belittles the value of some of our people based on sexual orientation or gender identity," he said. "That is the force that tears communities apart, not enriches them."

On Tuesday, Hostage Calm called on its fans to wear the "I Support Same-Sex Marriage" shirt in solidarity.




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carrol

If this is your opinion fine but not in a workplace that is definitely not in favor. you have the right to your opinion and the company that employed him has the right to theirs. If it were my place of employment the workers would have to adapt or be replaced by ones willing to uphold the company standards or work in an invironment more suitable to their needs.

January 25 2013 at 2:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Holden Caufield

It's not a "rock club" .... Rocketown is a PRE-TEEN hangout where pre-pubescent kids go and play dicey, 3-chord jam band rock songs to swooning 10-year-old girls -- it's not some secret christian speakeasy. The next big show at Rocketown is Jack Hannah's traveling petting zoo menagerie - the arguments in this post aren't even from the proper perspective.

January 25 2013 at 12:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
maitiathom

For God''s sake please understand that GOD has a "perfect" plan and folks of all walks of life are entitled to live free of hatred and abuse. If all of the world would understand what they are fighting for and have a TRUE understanding of what it is that they are fighting for it would clear up a lot of confusion. Anti-gay folks don't understand what homosexuality is and how one may be that. Read and get educated on the subject before you hate someone for that "lifestyle"!! My uncle doesn't like my "lifestyle" and what really amazes me is that he lives several states away and saw me for less than an hour over many years time span. How would he know what my life is like at all? He has quit speaking to my Mother (his only living sibling) because she won't put up with his narrow mindness behaviour. He and his wife do NOT have children, and so most of my immediate family think that he is overly judgemental because he doesn't have children and know how it feels to support your child in whatever their proclivity or "lifestyle"!1 GOD loves him anyway.

January 25 2013 at 7:25 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ajnash95

I think it's ironic how most homosexuals and supporters of homosexuality tell Christians that they have no right to push our beliefs on them, yet no one thinks that by asking us as Christians to just go with the flow of the world and allow gay marriage or to accept gay marriage would be to go against our personal beliefs as well. Not protesting against it might as well just be accepting it and changing the belief that homosexuality is not a sin and wrong.

January 24 2013 at 12:15 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
ljnace

What does more harm, a guy wearing a t-shirt that you disagree with or a guy walking around with an AK-47????

January 23 2013 at 9:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Be careful, ya'll. Some "christians" hereabouts don't like to be called out on their "un-christian" attitudes towards other HUMAN BEINGS and will flag you as "abusive" (oh my GOD!!!!).

I said christians make me vomit for their evil treatment of other humans; ie JUDGING others, and I got "flagged". I'm just soooooooooooooooooo shocked that a "christian"!!! would have THAT kind of attitude being their all loving and caring and compassionate and blah, blah, blah.

I'm just crushed, and here I was told how "godlike" christians were in their actions and thoughts.

NOT

Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahha

January 23 2013 at 3:33 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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ajnash95

Wow. You really know how to label a whole religious group based on one person. Honestly, you don't know what evil treatment is until you've been in hell. If someone flagged you it was because he or she was just expressing his/her disapproval of your statement. No one ever said that Christians are perfect but since we're Christians we're working towards being perfect

January 25 2013 at 4:39 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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David

Hell ? .. where is this place called Hell ? Is it the 21st century ?

January 28 2013 at 5:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
JIM

Political correctness outweighs common sense for some people. If you are born homosexual you can't help it you are a biological malfunction and that is why you dont breed, you are not supposed to. Same sex marriage is just plain STUPID.

January 23 2013 at 1:17 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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rllybgpp

It's ok to express your views but BEWARE if you bit the hand that FEEDS YOU!!!!

January 23 2013 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jb

Those who support same sex marrage also comply with the UN's Agenda 21 goals on" reproductive rights"( including sexual perversion) and population control via "social engeeniring" . On the other hand gay marriages are less likely to procreate children. In addition, with no conception means no abortions and results in supporting pro life. Interesting!

With 1/3 of the US birth population aborted since Roe vs Wade (1973) the US can now allow 55,000,000 legal and illegal imigrants to take the place of the aborted fetus's. Besides who needs or wants the potential of human conception? "Pro Choice" is a better option. We live in a throw away society and the dead fetus is efficiently recycled to the ovens and smoke stacks of an era past. Population control results in the Agenda 21 "Solution". Instead of Jews the world substitutes the human fetus. No unwanted fetus's need apply for "Right to Life status"
Sexual perversion and abortion was practiced during the Roman Empire and we all know how that period in history ended. Cause and effect can yield unpleasant consequences (FEAR) In the end Nature will have the last word. "Liberty and Justice" for all.

January 23 2013 at 11:58 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
arenadood

All the boss had to do was ask him to wear a different shirt to work the next day nicely explaining why in a nice manner.

January 23 2013 at 11:51 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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David

That's not how christians do things these days.

January 28 2013 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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