In Washington, a florist (who was totally not a gay) was forced to leave Christianity and join the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. A shotgun marriage, as dictated by “The Great Meatball,” to a leather dom named “Master Dave” stripped him of his last residual humility. To his shame, he learned to love "The Big Ragu.”
In Oregon, a baker was coerced into leaving her husband of nine years and marrying into a gang of polygamist biker lesbians where she was converted to Hinduism and compelled to learn the fine art of scissoring while ridding sidesaddle.
And in Detroit, a lesbian couple demanded that a doctor to wear a Burka while treating their Satan-spawn child.
Actually, none of that happened. I just made it up. If anything like that had happened, then it would be an attack on religious liberty. That's what an attack on religious liberty would look like.
The way it went is this: gay couples showed up, with money, and asked and expected to get the same types of products and services that are offered to everyone else only to be told 'no' because of their sexual orientation.
Some think the idea that business should be able to discriminate based on religious beliefs is just a matter of 'live and let live.' Look at local attorney AJ Delgado, doing her best to make South Florida look like South Alabama.
I am a conservative who supports gay marriage. Conservatism, after all, stems from a belief in liberty and a belief that man should be able to live as freely as possible. That said, precisely because of my fondness for a live-and-let-live philosophy, many of us on the right who support gay marriage now feel somewhat betrayed.
Throughout the gay-marriage debate, proponents assured us that all they sought was the equal ability to marry and that it would not affect the lives of others, noting private entities would not be forced to service gay marriage.Betrayed? I never 'assured' anyone of anything. The whole fight for gay rights is to be totally equal – not some Jim Crow, back of the bus bullshit.
My marriage isn't about anyone but my spouse and I. No one is forcing anyone to officiate or participate in a same-sex union. You're just the caterer, the planner, the florist, or the baker. You're not the bride or groom. You provide a service – the same service you provide to all your other paying customers. It should be obvious to anyone with a brain but it's not you getting married.
Depending on where your business operates, your claim of religious freedom may or may not break the law. But no matter where you are located, you will look like a backwards and bigoted idiot.
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 -- the federal law which prohibits discrimination by private businesses which are places of public accommodation -- only prevents businesses from refusing service based on race, color, religion, or national origin. Federal law does not prevent businesses from refusing service to customers based on sexual orientation.
This is true both for customers and employees of private businesses, although forces in Congress have been attempting to pass laws which protect gay and lesbian employees for decades.
So if there are no state or local laws to the contrary, private business owners may legally choose to refuse service to customers based on their sexual orientation -- and some have publicly done so.
However in some states like California and New York, discrimination based on sexual orientation by private businesses is prohibited by state law. In many of these states, bona fide religious organizations and religious non-profits have been exempted from these laws when they conflict with their religious beliefs; private businesses are not exempt.
Even in states which do not prohibit refusing service to gays -- like Texas or Arizona -- local laws or ordinances in specific cities may prevent LGBT discrimination.
Ms. Delgado, your kind of support we don't need. Your brand of live and let live is a paranoid lie. There was a time not so long ago when a Cuban American might have faced the exact same type of discrimination for the exact same reasons you're now justifying. That makes you a clueless tool.
Live and let live? No, live and let die! Not to you personally, (I'm no Bill O'Reilly) but to your unapologetic bigotry and your crusty conservative ignorance.