When asked, Hall told WCIA that of course he has LGBTQ friends and family members, and supports their right to fight him on this issue.
“I have no animosity towards anyone,” said Hall. “I think this is an issue [his bosses at the Social Security Administration] are prepared to go to the mat with, but I’m not going to give up my faith or compromise my beliefs just to go along and get along,” he told the News-Gazette. “I don’t believe God wants me to do that.”
“I’m not judging the LGBT community … But I believe tolerance is a two-way street,” Hall said. “Unfortunately, I believe they’re wrong. But neither of us should lose our jobs or livelihood for our beliefs. For me, I know I’m not a martyr or a bigot. I’m not asking for anyone’s approval or forgiveness; I’m simply trying to live out my life, my faith and be obedient to the will of God.”
Hall is married and they have three children, as well as a mortgage, car payments, and health insurance through his job. So he’s risking a lot.
“This is something I want to fight and expose,” Hall told the News-Gazette, “to give other Christians the courage of their convictions. I can’t tell you how many I’ve worked with that have told me, ‘Dave, we agree with you 100 percent. I wish I had the courage to do that.’ But they’re scared. … Their fears are being realized through me.”
And about that lawyer he hired? Chicago attorney Jason Craddock is the dude who represented Timber Creek Bed and Breakfast when its owner was sued for refusing to host a same-sex civil union ceremony. He lost, and the couple won an $80,000 settlement earlier this year.
Watch the interview of David Hall by WCIA-TV below: