The Case of the Homophobic Baker

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ImageThe Wall Street Journal headline reads: “Judge Rules Colorado Bakery Discriminated Against Gay Couple”. They refused to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple.

Homophobia? Yes! But much more is going on here.

If you own a business that provides a product or service to the public, especially a “brick and mortar” establishment that has doors and that is open to the public during business hours, you’ve no legal right to discriminate against whoever walks through those doors if they are there for a legal purpose. Period! If you don’t understand that, you don’t belong in business.

As for morals, you can believe anything you like but if it conflicts with the law, you loose. That legal precedent was established years ago through anti-discrimination laws and aside from the laws, it is dictated by common decency. To refuse service to a customer is telling them that they are in some way inferior.. The person who does that should not be allowed to own a business or work anywhere where they encounter customers.

The gay rights movement, of course, jumped on this judge’s decision and declared it a victory for gay rights. Wrong! There are (or at least there should not be) no gay rights or black or brown rights or any other minority rights that are not shared with every other citizen. Judge Spencer in Denver was standing up for human rights and decency, not just for Gay Rights. In his decision Judge Spencer stated: “Conceptually, refusal to serve a same-sex couple due to religious objection to same-sex weddings is no different from refusing to serve a biracial couple because of a religious objection to biracial marriage.” The judge got it right and the baker should loose his business license.

That, at least, is My view!

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