From a July Facebook discussion which I seem to have forgotten to post here:
I posted a pic asking why baking a cake is participating in a wedding but selling a gun is not, participating in crime. And added, "just think about it." The following dialogue resulted.
My friend: Here's two differences Jim. .. 1. when a couple comes into a bakery for a wedding cake you know what the outcome will be. When someone comes into a gum shop for a gun you only know they'll be target shooting but nothing else- 99.9/100 will be legit. Street drugs-100/100 illicit&and 10/100 deadly. Car dealer - far more deaths than by guns. Abortion clinic -50/100 lethal.
2. If you don't like one stores beer you go down the street for the good stuff. If u don't like service art one restaurant you find another. If you don't like the attitude at one bakery you go somewhat else. It's the American way . Right?
Me: What if there isn't another bakery in town? A public business must serve the pubIc. A cake is a cake. Attending or actively participating in a wedding is different from selling a cake or dress or tux. If you feel so compelled to deny service to those with whom you disagree, withdraw from public business. Your license requires you to serve the public.
Could a Catholic refuse to serve remarried customers? All religions need to be treated fairly, with respect, without the privilege of setting special rules for public business. Being denied a cake is being told you are unworthy. It is insulting and brings a sense of shame. No one would be shamed at asking for a cake or tux for their wedding.
Think how it would feel to be told your kind aren't served here, go somewhere else. In some Southern towns it is entirely possible there would be nowhere else to go. But so what? No one should be told by a public serving, government licensed business, you aren't good enough to buy my product. It is a form of bullying.
All I ask is that everyone be treated the same. If you choose a public business, then you have chosen to serve the public. If you don't want to serve the public, don't open a public business. There are many alternatives.
A Jewish delicatessen can't be forced to serve pork, but it also can't refuse to serve Christians or Muslims what it has on the menu. So your rights are also protected by my stance.
The same rules for everyone. No special rules for special people or religions.