A trolley company in Annapolis, Maryland has decided to end its wedding business rather than serve gay and lesbian couples.

Maryland's gay marriage law – approved by lawmakers and upheld at the ballot box – takes effect on January 1.

But Discover Annapolis Tours has decided to forgo $50,000 in annual revenue. The company's owner, Matt Grubbs, said he won't compromise his Christian convictions, and is calling on lawmakers to extend religious exemptions to wedding vendors.

Derek McCoy, executive director of the Maryland Marriage Alliance, the group which attempted to repeal the marriage law, applauded the company's decision.

“That's a bold and noble statement,” he said. “The other option would have been just to become a legal case.”

Grubbs confirmed to The Baltimore Sun that he sent an email to Chris Belkot, a straight male planning his upcoming wedding in Annapolis, which said, “We used to do weddings until recently. But we're a Christian-owned business, and we are not able to lend support to gay marriages. And as a public accommodation, we cannot discriminate between gay or straight couples, so we had to stop doing all wedding transportation.”

“It is your right to run your business any way you see fit,” Belkot, 31, responded, “but let's be honest here, you drive a trolley up and down a street. Not exactly God's work.”

He called the decision “repressive bigotry.”