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Divided views on farmers market ruling

Posted at 7:24 AM, Sep 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-18 10:23:42-04

A federal court ruling is allowing Country Mill Farms to return to East Lansing's farmers market, and people here tell me their opinion on that.

"We're just kind of buying food here. And if you know know what they're doing and you agree with them, you don't agree with them, don't buy their products but they're not promoting marriage or not marriage" said Drew Kuhlman, farmers market vendor.

"I'm kind of disappointed that there is a legal battle. If one's going to take a hateful attitude then one ought to have the cojones to take the responsibility to deal with the outcome" said Will Pitcher, local resident.

Vendors and buyers went back and forth with their opinions Sunday.

Kennan Dewitt is a lawyer in Lansing, and brought boycotting signs with him. 

He says that the discrimination by Country Mill Farms offends him.

"I know many people who are in non-heterosexual marriages or who would like to be and he specifically tells them that 'you are less than human, you are not worthy'" said Kennan Dewitt, local lawyer.

Whereas several vendors say that the farm's beliefs shouldn't matter when selling a product.
Drew Kuhlman has been a vendor at the market for a year, he tells me that the protests and signs are unnecessary

"I don't have a problem with people saying 'I'm not going to buy your things', having signs out here creating a big fuss, its stupid. If you don't want to support them, that's your decision as a buyer" said Kuhlman.

Country Mill Farms owner Steve Tennes was not here today at the farmer's market, but his company was. They tell me they have no comment at this time.