Indiana was the latest state to pass a religious freedom law last week that would allow bakeries to refuse baking cakes for same-sex couples if they choose so.
This did not sit well with many, and took their frustrations to Twitter, using the hashtag #BoycottIndiana.
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But keep in mind that the media is silent when roles reverse, in which a bar in California bans heterosexual couples from entering.
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What advocates against Indiana’s bill do not realize is that it does not change much, because the law gives a bakery owner the option, not by mandate, whether or not to serve the cake to a gay couple. The fact of the matter is that 99% of bakery owners would still probably bake a cake for them. It is that 1% of bakery owners that critics of the bill would call ‘bigots’, and even if they were, legislation that forces them to bake cakes for gay couples isn’t going to change their view. This is a reason many conservatives and libertarians can make an argument for this bill. Government trying to force those to bake cakes for gay couples will not miraculously get them to morally support it if they’re already against same-sex marriage.
Even if a gay couple were to run into a bakery that refused to bake a cake for them, the couple can always go to another bakery that will be willing to bake a cake.
However, if liberals believe everyone should still serve everyone else in a business setting, with no exceptions, they will have a hard time answering these questions:
1) Should a black bakery owner be mandated to bake a cake for a KKK member?
2) Should a white bakery owner be mandated to bake a cake for a Black Panther member?
3) What if the bakery owner is a Muslim who refused to bake the cake for a same-sex couple? Keep in mind that the majority of the Muslim population has traditionally opposed same-sex marriage too, yet critics of the bill call it a “Christian” bill.
The bottom line is that businesses get to decide who they want to serve in the free-market. This goes for any business and not just bakeries. Plus many other states have the similar law to Indiana’s and if one bakery refuses to bake a cake for a same-sex couple due to religious objection, the solution is to either convince the owner to change their mind or for the couple to go to another bakery, but not to force the owner how they can and can’t run their business by government mandates.