I can’t possibly write enough “I told you so’s” for this one. It’s happened in the UK, Canada, Denmark… and here we are in America.
At first… they came for the cakes.
Now, we have a lesbian couple in Lyncourt, New York who have thrown open the doors to another area: private businesses that host weddings. Andrea Needham, 22, and Sarah Dailey, 24, filed a complaint with New York’s Division of Human Rights, saying the bed and breakfast Apple Country Retreat discriminated against because of their sexual orientation.
Dailey told Syracuse.com that the owner told them that it was “nothing personal” but gay marriage was “against my faith.”
The couple further stated, “We are human beings, just like anybody else. We’re not asking to impose on anybody’s else beliefs or opinions, just to celebrate our love as any other two people would.”
I’m confused. If the owners told you it wasn’t personal, but that it was against their beliefs to host a gay ceremony… and you don’t want to impose on anyone else’s beliefs… then why are you filing a complaint? Why not find another location? How do their personal beliefs effect you? Remember that?
Unless, of course, you didn’t actually mean you don’t want to impose on anyone else’s beliefs.
It’s a fair question though, and one which the Supreme Court has helped to make that much more confusing. Does a couple’s “true love” trump an individual’s right to religious freedom?
Can a business “discriminate” on any grounds whatsoever? If the answer is no… then why have Amazon and eBay remove Confederate merchandise from their site? Can a business refuse service to someone who isn’t wearing a shirt and shoes? Does a business ever have the right not to serve someone? Ever? Ever ever ever ever?
Either the answer is yes, or it is no. It cannot be both.
This is literally an exact mirror image of what we’ve discussed from the UK. A Bed and Breakfast was sued, next step… they lost their business. I talked about it on the show. I guaranteed this would happen. It couldn’t be more comparable.
Gay activists already want churches to lose their tax exempt status. Next step: pastors that won’t officiate gay marriages will be on the chopping block. Just wait. It’s coming.