Christian pastor in Chile sued for refusing to print same-sex wedding invitations

A Christian pastor, father, and printer in Chile has been sued after he refused to print same-sex civil union invitations but said he will not compromise his religious values even if his resolve lands him in jail.

(REUTERS / David McNew)A same-sex wedding cake topper is seen outside the East Los Angeles County Recorder's Office on Valentine's Day during a news event for National Freedom to Marry Week in Los Angeles, California February 14, 2012.

In an interview with Life Site News, 38-year-old Cesar Mosquera maintained that he will stand by his Christian faith even though he would face another similar lawsuit. He was already sued three times, but the second was withdrawn when the gay couple separated before the case could proceed. He reached a deal in the first one, and he is currently appealing against the third case.

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"Even if things get a lot more complicated in Chile and defending my convictions mean I can end up in jail, so be it, my commitment to God is unto death," Mosquera told Life Site in the interview. "I try to live the way the Bible tells us to and the Lord tells us in the Bible: 'If anyone wants to follow me, he must deny himself, pick up his cross, and follow me,' and the cross includes death, scorn, rejection, I have anticipated that."

Mosquera had to seek employment as the cases put his family printing business in a negative light. He admitted that his family is worried over their financial status and the harassment that they get from the media, but they trust that God will give them peace amidst all their troubles and hardships.

Moreover, Mosquera said the situation should teach his children the importance of standing by their Christian principles even if the world disagrees with them. He said he does not hold grudges against the people who sued him but instead looks at them through eyes of compassion and love.

Earlier this year, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced that there would be an open public discussion on gay marriage. The debate aims to come up with a "satisfactory" bill that would uphold marriage equality, the Human Rights Watch reports.

The announcement is the first step towards the fulfillment a promise that Bachelet made during a United Nations event in September 2016. At the time, she vowed that she would introduce a same-sex marriage bill within the first half of 2017.

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