While I don’t agree that businesses that are doing business with the public can be justified in not serving all of the public, the author does make a good point about fines for not providing services to same-sex marriages pales in comparison with the historical indignities suffered by the LGBTQ communities.
At the Iowa State Fair last Friday, actress Ellen Page challenged presidential candidate Ted Cruz about discrimination against gay and transgender people. Instead of directly answering her question, Cruz responded, “Well, what we’re seeing right now, we’re seeing Bible-believing Christians being persecuted for living according to their faith.” That evening at a “Rally for Religious Freedom,” he introduced several “heroes” whom he described as “victims of government persecution” who “have endured the attacks” for refusing to provide services for a gay wedding.
He’s not the only one. Religious right organizer David Lane, who has escorted numerous Republican presidential candidates—including Cruz—to meetings with pastors, wrote in March, “What does concern me is the reign of terror, now becoming old hat, that [homosexuals] impose on anyone who will not celebrate their sexual lifestyle.”
“Persecution.” “Reign of terror.” Strong language indeed.
I don’t think anyone should be forced to supply flowers, cakes, photography…
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