Friday, August 23, 2013

Enough with this discriminatory New Mexico photographer and other miscreants

the wrath of God
Seriously. I have about had it with bakers who won't bake cakes and florists who won't sell flowers to gay couples. Imagine the outcry if that same florist, for example, refused to service an interracial marriage because it conflicted with her sincerely held religious beliefs. The idiotic New Mexico photographers were among the first of these cases. The outcome was never in doubt. As Fox's culture warrior, Todd Starnes, put it:
The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Thursday that two Christian photographers who declined to photograph a same-sex union violated the state’s Human Rights Act. One justice said the photographers were “compelled by law to compromise the very religious beliefs that inspire their lives.”
The very same thing is going to happen to the Oregon baker and the Washington florist. Smearing butter cream on sponge cake is not exactly a holy endeavor, neither is selling or arranging flowers and neither is taking pictures.

The real victims are the gay and lesbian couples suffering discrimination. Being denied service because of being gay or Black or Jewish is a crushing experience.

I suspect that some of these cases are the direct result of Christian groups trolling wedding suppliers for people willing to become casualties of the culture wars. they did the exact same thing recently to find county clerks to resist marriage equality in California. These people aren't interested in their clients, not at all.

The purpose for creating these “victims” is clear. It is to solicit money for groups opposed to marriage equality.

A few things are not going to change:
  1. Current anti-discrimination ordinances that include sexual orientation. If anything, we can expect to see more of these.
  2. The definition of a public accommodation as a matter of public policy.
  3. The lack of exceptions that permit people to discriminate based on even deeply held religious belief. 
This structure has been in place since the 1964 civil rights act and it has survived innumerable legal challenges. Keep in mind that the White Citizen Council that dotted the South during the Jim Crow era were Christian organizations as well. Religion was used as a reason to sustain segregation and that didn't work out too well.

On a final note, National Organization for Marriage is not oblivious to the realities. They realize that someone who supports same-sex marriage is not going to change their mind because some poor schnook thinks that he or she is exempt from an anti-discrimination ordinance.

No, this is calculated and cynical. The intent is to extract money from people, some of who cannot afford it. As national marriage equality becomes increasingly inevitable, contributions are going to be harder to come by. I expect NOM to become increasingly irrational. After all, they are fighting to keep their jobs.
Enhanced by Zemanta

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please be civil and do NOT link to anti-gay sites!

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.