Ugly downside for Granbury

Granbury has a reputation to uphold.

The city must welcome and serve all guests, even those who might not see eye to eye with residents.

Tourism is a $3-million-per-year industry in the scenic town built around the Hood County Courthouse square. Much of Granbury’s economy depends on filling hotels, restaurants, theater seats, and the new $4.5 million Granbury Resort and Conference Center.

When you’re in the hospitality business, you have to be hospitable.

That is not the impression left by recent events, led by Hood County Clerk Katie Lang’s religious objection to letting her office issue same-sex marriage licenses.

According to the Hood County News, the justices of the peace now decline all weddings. That’s their privilege, but they should consider the impact on a city that needs to host tourists, weddings, receptions and big events.

Granbury is a community of strong faith. That is not at risk.

The city should consider how to remain friendly and “open for business.”