On one level it angers me a deep Christian thinks he can refuse to make a wedding cake for a gay couple’s wedding, On another level it is simply an interesting legal case. How does it compare with refusing to serve black students at a lunch counter decades ago?
We all agree we can stand on a corner and state our religious views with government arresting us. The cake baker says creating a wedding cake is his artistic expression of his religious beliefs. It is his free speech he says. The gay couple he turned down say they were treated like the black lunch counter customers in Greensboro, NC, in 1960 who were refused service and were discriminated against because of their race. They see it as discrimination against gay couples.
If the Woolworth store management had said, “Making grilled cheese sandwiches is an artistic expression of my religious free speech. My First Amendment rights are violated if I have to serve these black students my beautiful sandwiches,” what might have happened? It seems like giving the cake baker a pass on serving gay customers is like going back to segregation. But, ultimately conservative courts may say the baker’s First Amendment rights allow him to refuse.
Maybe I don’t understand law, but the solution seems simple. We are a country of equal opportunity and have such in our laws. Any business that intersects government must follow this legal principle. The cake baker has a certificate from the local health inspector.