Wyndahoi saidOK. But what if the KKK comes to town and wants your catering business to provide them with lunch? ‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Give People a License to Discriminatehttps://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/news/2012/10/15/41517/religious-liberty-does-not-give-people-a-license-to-discriminate/
Or Westboro Baptist folks want to spend the night in your bed and breakfast?
If I was buying a wedding cake I wouldn't want it from a company who's owners didn't like gays! What if they shit in the chocolate layers?
Even the ACLU defended the KKK in Skokie IL. For the freedom to march. It wasn't to defend harassing a Jewish deli owner/caterer.
Bed and Breakfast are a little different in most states because it is your home. BUT be careful if you are homophobic:
"Diane Cervelli and Taeko Bufford, a lesbian couple, were turned away by Aloha Bed & Breakfast in Hawaii during a trip to visit their close friend and her newborn baby. The owner of the bed and breakfast explicitly stated that same-sex relationships were “detestable,” and that they “defile our land.” For this reason, the owner denied the couple accommodations at her hotel, which stands in clear violation of Hawaii’s public accommodation law prohibiting any hotel or “other establishment that provides lodging to transient guests” from discriminating based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, ancestry, or disability."
As for the cake, or any product, they are to provide equal public accommodations (depending on state/locality).
"In the Elane case, a professional photographer in New Mexico refused to take pictures of a same-sex couple’s commitment ceremony, arguing that doing so was a violation of her religious freedoms. As expected, the New Mexico Court of Appeals found that doing so did not harm the photographer’s religious liberties but instead that her refusal constituted a clear violation of the state’s Human Rights Act, which prohibits discriminating in areas of public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation."
If the photographer or the cake decorator put gay derogatory comments on/in the photos or cake there would be additional (worse IMHO) charges. It becomes an active case of hate.
This Bible Thumper is out of line.
"Opponents of gay rights have historically undermined equality and fairness for gay Americans by directly attacking gay people themselves. But as the public has become more accepting of gay individuals, this tactic has become less and less successful. For this reason, opponents of equality are hiding behind the guise of “religious liberty” to perpetuate a discriminatory and unequal legal environment for gay people."
Hate is a protected right. It's free speech. But to force or coerce someone else to say something hateful (or put on a cake) is another matter.
I'd counter sue!