Standard Beverage Has Pulled Out of the Midwest Winefest
More discrimination under guise of religion
“At Standard Beverage we support practices and beliefs that promote diversity and in being inclusive to individual businesses and other organizations,” Wilhelm said. “We just felt like that was unfortunately something we could not move forward with.”
David Gear, the executive director for Guadalupe Clinic, said that his office did decide this year not to invite businesses to participate whose practices were “morally and ethically” at odds with the Catholic Church’s values. It wasn’t only LGBTQ bars and restaurants that were part of the discussion, he said. Though he declined to list specific businesses, he said that only “three or four vendors out of hundreds” would not be asked back to participate this year.
“We do not feel as a Catholic Diocese and organization that we can put those establishments on posters and flyers and publications that have to do with the Winefest because they don’t morally and ethically align with Catholic morals and principles,” he said.