james565 said(quoting article: ) South Dakota Republicans have introduced two bills which seek to allow clergy, church officials and businesses to refuse to take part in gay marriages and related events.
Why is this a bad thing? If someone isn't comfortable with gay marriage then why force them to? Wouldn't you want to use vendors that, I don't know, actually SUPPORT and CELEBRATE with you? Or is it some kind of added thrill in forcing someone to do something they don't want to do?
Because the church is seeking to subvert the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Otherwise it wouldn't be a problem.
In protecting citizens from tyranny, the state rightfully restricts some freedoms. So religion is not free to sacrifice humans in Aztec rites; religion is not free to enslave black people who have long fought for their civil rights. Religion doesn't get to do whatever the fuck it wants.
Religion does get a lot of leeway, a hell of a lot more than gets the general public. But even still, we can't use religion to hide behind in subverting the rights of others. Even what might be allowed religion, that they might discriminate within their own organization, they don't get to export that discrimination into the general population. Because we have rights too.
So while a religion might be able to fire a gay priest, a religious business owner doesn't get to refuse service to a black str8 man, nor, as we gain our rights, to us either, because we're people too who by God deserve protection from religion. That we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable Rights, which neither religion nor their religious may trample. As Thomas Jefferson so eloquently put it in the vernacular of his day: "Fuck them!"