Domino’s Pizza founder Thomas Monaghan is an ultra-conservative Catholic who is building Ave Maria Town, a community in Florida that will allow those of other religious conservative stripes to reside there — if you’re prepared to have your cable TV programming controlled, and you don’t need to have ready access to contraceptives at the pharmacies in the town.

He was recently asked about what would happen if gays wanted to settle in Ave Maria [as IF!] (Right Wing Watch):


“I’m not going to break the law,” Monaghan told me. “We want to be a family town. But if there’s an openly gay couple living next door to some family, and those kids would have to be subjected to that, I don’t know. In the first place, I don’t know how many gay couples are going to want to come live in the town. And if we can’t prevent it, well, we’ll tolerate it.”

Monaghan’s plans to have a Catholic-faith-based oasis — where all commercial leases in the town would include clauses that prohibited the sale of pornography or contraceptives or restricting reproductive services —  was thwarted when the ACLU announced it would take the foundation to court.

More on the town here.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding

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