If Walmart, Sears, or any other retailer denied a gay couple the ability to purchase something that had been mass-produced, even if it was to be used for a wedding, nearly all Americans would agree that such a denial would be discriminatory.
On the other hand, the cases that have gone to trial, and have had a judge find in favor of the plaintiffs, have been based on a refusal by the defendant, not to sell a mass-produced product, but rather to perform a personal service. The baker would have to personally bake and decorate a cake. The florist would personally have to arrange flowers. The photographer would personally have to take the photographs of the plaintiffs’ wedding and possibly reception.
In all three cases, the labor would have to be performed personally by the defendants against their clearly stated will.
I love watching the tendentious contortions of the gay-haters as they try to somehow carve a religious “We hate gays” exception out of the relevant statutes.
This one is really funny. Businesses that sell goods to the general public are not allowed to discriminate, but those that sell services to the public are. Because selling services is different than selling goods.
How and why are they different? Because they are services, see. Don’t you get it? You don’t?
Shut up, then.
These loons love to tell me that my atheism is somehow a religion. That’s ridiculous. If atheism is a religion, then bald is a hair color. But stipulate that they are correct. Would they then support my “right” to demand that a public business not display religious symbolism in their places of business because I personally find such displays “offensive to my religion?”
Yet they support the “rights” of businesses to illegally refuse to serve customers whom they find offensive to their religious beliefs.
It’s all bullshit, of course. They just want to enlist the power of the state in enforcing their own religious beliefs on everybody else.
Would the same justifications fly if we were talking about baking a cake for a mixed-race wedding?