In this country, many people don’t seem to understand our laws and values.
I remember what a friend said in the 1970’s when one of the popular fraternal orders was ordered to stop discriminating on the basis of race. He said, “This is government infringing on private enterprise.”
The government granted the lodge a liqour license, health license and probably other permits. These licenses obligated it to serve all members of the public without discriminating.
The same principle applies to all businesses who advertise themselves as open to the public. If someone wants to discriminate, he/she should find a job that does not involve serving the public.
The latest people in the news make wedding cakes. They refuse to make and sell cakes celebrating marriages of gay couples.
I can’t think of a more unattractive way to present a religious ideal than to use it to deprive others of their happiness. Marriage is a great place to display meanness. Prohibiting interracial marriage, and the potential for happiness, was the goal of many Southern politicians and voters in pre civil rights America.
The self rightous couple who will not sell wedding cakes to gay couples have another option, separating their lives into private and professional. They can sell wedding cakes to who ever wants one in the professional lives. They can stand on a street corner preaching against gay marriage in their lives as private citizens.
That’s what all those who discriminated against black people had to do decades ago. We’re a better country for it.