You’ve read stories about business owners that will not serve same-sex couples when it comes to proving services for weddings. Bakeries, a photographer, a florist, and others have been sanctioned by the government because they would not participate in the charade of same-sex marriages.
An Oregon couple has had to close their business because the state has made it impossible for them to do business because they will not serve same-sex couples who want to marry.
“A bakery owner in Oregon broke down in tears while discussing the fallout of her and her husband’s decision not to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple on the basis of their Christian beliefs.
“Earlier this year, the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries found ‘substantial evidence’ that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, discriminated against the lesbian couple.
“Oregon bakery owners face a $150,000 discrimination fine for not baking a wedding cake for lesbians.”
From this story we are learning that business owners are not permitted to refuse service to people with whom they disagree on lifestyle choices.
Are we to believe that a Muslim food shop that only sells Halal meats should be forced to sell pork?
Should restaurants be forced to sell Halal meats because Muslims are offended by non-Halal eateries in their neighborhood?
Should a black print shop be forced to print fliers for a KKK rally?
These are all common sense questions that demand a common sense answer. No.
But when it comes to anything homosexual, the rules change. People must comply or face severe financial hardship at the discretion of the government.
It is forbidden to discriminate against same-sex couples who want to marry, but it is perfectly legal for a homosexual to discriminate against heterosexual couples:
“Catholic priests have refused to marry same-sex couples for years. Now a Texas judge has an answer to that, saying she will not marry straight couples until gay marriage is legal in the state.
“Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County told the Dallas Voice that she respectfully tells couples why she can’t conduct their marriage ceremony:
“‘I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.’
“The Lone Star state judge also points out that she is not required by law to perform marriages, as it was considered a ‘discretionary function’ that is not to interfere with ‘mandatory judicial duties.’”
The double standard is duly noted.
Judge Tonya Parker understands the double standard she is promoting, so she offers the legal caveat “that she is not required by law to perform marriages.” She knows she can get away with this hypocrisy because people opposed to same-sex marriage would not want to pass a law that compelled her to marry anybody.
The problem is that there shouldn’t be a law forcing businesses to act contrary to their personal beliefs. Everybody should have this freedom.
Oregon and other states have passed laws, and that’s where the tyranny resides.
Do I object that this homosexual judge refuses to perform marriages because of her homosexual bias? Not at all. There are plenty of judges that will perform marriages.
The same should be true for homosexuals who are looking for vendors to service same-sex weddings. If you don’t find what you like in one business, then take your business elsewhere. People discriminate in their buying and selling decisions all the time for any number of reasons, and they are not penalized for it.
A business should go out of business because people decide not to do business with the business; it’s none of the government’s business who a business does or does not do business with.