Vice News has learned the rainbow tour operators are being paid to tour gay weddings and funerals in Texas and other states, even though the tours have never been approved by the Department of Licensing and Regulation (DOL).
“The reason we’re not doing it in the states is that they’re being paid,” the tour operator told Vice News.
“They have no business there, and they don’t want to do it in their state.”
According to the DOL’s website, “The tours are not regulated by the state of Texas.”
But according to the tour operators, the tours are approved for “special events, special occasions, and events for religious, educational, and other special occasions” by the Dols licensing department.
And the Dels rules do allow a tour operator to “visit, offer tours of, or provide services to a same-sex couple.”
“There’s nothing wrong with a company doing a wedding, but not doing a tour,” said the tour owner.
“It’s not the same as selling a product.”
But the tour company says that’s not true.
“They’re not a tour company.
They’re not selling a wedding.
They’ve never done a wedding,” the owner told Vice.
“We do tours to weddings all the time, and we have a very strong religious belief in what the Bible says.
We don’t make any money off of that.”
In addition to the tours, the tour operations offer the same services as their “traditional” counterparts, including weddings, funerals, and even funerals for the elderly.
“The religious beliefs of our owners are not the only thing that we’re able to offer in a traditional wedding,” said Joe Baca, the operator of the tour business, in an interview with Vice News last week.
Baca said that the company also offers “special occasions” like weddings, weddings for disabled individuals, funeraries for gay people, and funerations for the terminally ill.
But it doesn’t appear that they are allowed to do any of those.
“We don’t have any special events,” Baca said.
“The religious faith of our owner is not the basis for us doing that.”
The Dols website says that it “requires tours of same-gender couples to obtain a license and meet the requirements of the relevant state licensing authority.”
But in the Texas case, the state department of licensing and regulation did not respond to a request for comment.
The tour operator said that he was surprised to learn that the Dol did not have their tour approved by state regulators.
“You would think that would be the case,” he said.BACA said that because the Dolicers website does not specifically state that they do not permit tours for same- gender couples, he thought that the tours should not be approved.
“I don’t know why they’re not approving the tours,” he told Vice when asked if he was aware of the discrepancy.
“I mean, what is the purpose of a tour if it’s not allowed to be in the state?”
Baca and his company were told that they should not tour same- sex couples because of the Dolas “special religious reasons.”
Baca also told Vice that they were asked to provide information about their services to the Department on the tour website, but the tour information didn’t match up with what was on the state’s website.BECAUSE OF THE “SPECIAL RELIGIOUS REASON” FOR THEIR TOURS, THE TOUR OPERATOR SUSPECTS THE TOUR AUTHORITY IS NOT ACTING RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RIGHTS OF THEIR SERVICES.
“So, what they’re really trying to do is get money from us.
They don’t care about the rights of our families,” BACA told Vice in an email.
“What I don’t understand is why we have to go through this process to get our tours approved.
Why do they have to be a religious company if they’re supposed to be doing business?”BACA’S TOUR AUTHORITIES IN THE STATES TOOK THE TOUR TO INCLUDE HOSPITALIZATION, BEDS, AND OTHER MEDICAL SERVICES FOR A PRIVATE EVENT FOR TWO YEARS, THE TRAVEL GROUP CLAIMS.BETAIRY BUSINESSMAN AND RENEWABLE RESOURCE MANAGER ROBERT BECAUSE THEY DID NOT HAVE A LICENSE TO TOUR HIS OWN BUSINESS, BACA SAYS THAT HIS TOUR OPERATIONS SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CONSIDERED “RIGHTLY SELLING” FOR A BUSINESS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE DOL.”
What they’re trying to say is, you’re not allowed in the States,” Bacca told Vice last week when asked why his tour operators should not have been allowed to tour same sex couples.
“You’re not welcome to be here.
You’re not in the US.
You have no right to tour weddings.”
In the same interview, Baca also