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.
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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.”