Yes, These Poor Farmers Wedding Hall Renters Have to Obey the Law Like Anybody Else
Bill Quick

Government to Farmers: Host Same-Sex Wedding or Pay a $13,000 Fine

They also open their home for weddings and receptions. When the Giffords host weddings, they are involved in every aspect of the wedding planning and celebration: they greet and drive guests in their farm trolley, decorate the barn, set up floral arrangements, arrange fireworks displays, and provide catering. As the Human Rights Commission ruling even points out, “the only wedding-related service Liberty Ridge Farm does not offer is providing the official for the wedding ceremony.”

As many brides know, planning a wedding requires hours of careful work to organize in order to pull off the celebration—hours during which family businesses operating venues like the Giffords’ actively participate in the weddings they host. The Giffords believe that as free citizens running a business, they should have the right to decline to participate in an event that does not reflect their values.

Unfortunately, New York’s Human Right’s law (Executive Law, art. 15) creates special privileges based on sexual orientation that trump the rights of business owners.

Horseshit.  They’re in business and as such must follow the same regulations any other business dealing with the public.  Would they be permitted to deny their barn to a black/white couple planning marriage, if they professed a religious objection to mixed-race marriages?

And blow your libertarian crap somewhere else.  I’m not interested.

Anyway, they’re not being forced to offer services to people they reject on religious grounds.  They can get out of the wedding business anytime they’d like, and then they won’t have to contravene their precious religious beliefs.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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Yes, These Poor Farmers Wedding Hall Renters Have to Obey the Law Like Anybody Else — 3 Comments

  1. Dear Mr. Quick,

    To put it succinctly, but politely, bullhockey.

    Capitalism requires and assumes the ability to exchange of my work (time, energy, and creative input) provided to another in exchange for something of value.

    Yet you say that only the state defines how I may do that.

    There are only two choices here.

    1) I must follow my conscience, which is not subordinate to the state, but only to God.

    2) I must follow the state, which inevitably strives to assume the role of God.

    You describe yourself as “… a small-time libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left”.

    Yet you contradict yourself. In your original post, and your response to the previous comment, you have clearly said that the state is God, and that I may only exist if under that state, I offer exactly the same benefits, under exactly the same terms, to anyone and everyone, regardless of how I feel about it. In other words, I am a slave to the state.

    In doing so, you have abrogated the right of free association (you require that I associate with anyone and everyone under exactly the same terms in the exchange of goods and services); you have abrogated my choice as to how, when, and with whom I use my creative talents, my time, and my energy to provide a benefit; and you have required that if I feel am not able to exercise that choice, that I must remove myself from the economic system – which means death.

    You have declared the state to be God, and individuals to be slaves of the state, or perish.

    I don’t understand how that fits in your “small-time libertarian” view.

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