A Washington State florist has had two different lawsuits filed against her because of her refusal to serve a gay marriage ceremony. The florist is now being sued by the Attorney General and the ACLU. Both claim that florist Barronelle Stutzman is discriminating against a gay couple because of their sexual preference. Conversely, she claims that her freedom of free speech and religious exercise. She passed on their business because of her ‘faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.’
Our country is having quite the philosophical battle with itself. This case pits two principles against each other, freedom from discrimination and freedom of religion. Let me first say that the idea that somehow a business is separate from the individual who runs it (especially in small business or sole proprietorships) is absurd. It creates a false dichotomy of personhood, who you are at work and who you are outside of it and never the two shall meet.
Obviously, some regulations of behavior at work are necessary, but this borders on the ridiculous. Are there no other florists in the entire state of Washington that cannot serve this gay couples needs? Why the need to force someone who does not want to take their business to work for them? It’s indentured servitude to a gay wedding.
This is a central problem of what the gay rights lobby is doing. Not only do they advocate for gay marriage but they are now waging a war against anyone who even holds the position that homosexuality is sinful. They aim to punish those that are not enlightened. This is a key difference. The government’s recognize of a marriage contract is one thing, forcing agreement amongst businesses and individuals is another entirely.