Gay Wedding Cake Decision is Just the Start of a Huge Debate

Democrats and liberals love to say that gay marriage doesn’t change anything or harm anyone. But that is untrue. It is producing societal changes that are going to reverberate long into the future to the benefit of a minority but to the detriment of a vast majority of Americans.

Already we have seen florists, photographers and bakers punished and impugned nationally for declining to offer their services to gay couples who are getting ‘married’. The biggest case so far was decided June 4 by the Supreme Court in favor of a Christian baker in Colorado who declined to make a cake for a gay wedding.

On the other hand a man was thrown out of a bar in New York City for wearing a Make America Great Again hat and there was no problem whatsoever. So why is one form of discrimination tolerated but another is not?

Answer: Because one type represents blatant discrimination against conservatives and Trump supporters (which is OK with the media and Democrats) while the other is a belief-based choice (not OK with liberals) that is vastly more understandable and tolerable in the overall context of human behavior.

In a similar example of a double standard there has been a months-long national uproar after two black males were asked to leave a Starbucks after they sat around and wanted to use the rest room without making purchase. But the case of a black visitor to a Cheesecake Factory who was harassed and called racial slurs for wearing a Trump MAGA hat disappeared from the media after one day.

The recent 7-2 Supreme Court decision in favor of the Colorado baker, however, did not address the core issue of whether religious exemptions are Constitutional. It was based on the fact that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission was hostile to the Christian baker.

The decision evolved after oral arguments were made before the Supreme Court. Representatives for the Colorado Civil Rights Commission compared the Christian baker’s actions to slavery and the genocide against Jews in World War II. This openly hostile characterization apparently played a big role in the decision in favor of the baker, in which two liberal justices joined the five conservative-leaning justices.

In other words the hostility had entered right into the Supreme Court chamber and could not be ignored.

This decision was a highly favorable outcome for Christians and conservatives. States must now cease being openly hostile to Christians.

There are many other issues emerging around homosexual marriage. Writing for Reuters, Lawrence Hurley addressed the issue of gay adoption. The Hurley article is excerpted here with a comment after each excerpt.

Hurley writes: A major legal fight similar to the blockbuster Christian baker case decided by the Supreme Court on Monday is already brewing in several U.S. states over laws allowing private agencies to block gay couples from adoptions or taking in foster children.

… Nine states have laws allowing state-funded, religiously affiliated adoption agencies to refuse to place children with gay people based on religious beliefs. Republican-governed Kansas and Oklahoma passed such laws this year. Alabama, Mississippi, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia all have similar laws. comment: This is becoming a major issue. Gay couples do not produce their own children but now they want to be able to adopt children or take in foster children. This is very troubling to us conservatives.

In other words, if they want children then they should marry the opposite sex and have children. They just need to decide which is more important – their homosexuality or their desire to have children. Currently they want it both ways just as most people would like to have life both ways.

Hurley writes: Advocates for gay, bisexual and transgender people sued in Michigan last year over that state’s restrictions, imposed in 2015, while a sweeping law passed in Mississippi a year later has already survived one legal challenge.

Separately, Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia sued the city last month after municipal officials stopped placing children with the group, part of the city’s Roman Catholic archdiocese, over its religious objections to gay marriage. comment: So there you go. By merely objecting to gay marriage the archdiocese, which has been pro-life from the start and has certainly supervised the well-being of thousands of children, is being denied the right to place children. This is a travesty and shows how much malice can be dredged up against good people when homosexuality is concerned.

So what is the basic argument against same-sex couples adopting?

It is quite simple: Homosexuality has historically been considered immoral and wrong. And second, gays and lesbians have statistically elevated rates of depression, drug abuse, alcoholism, disease, early death, suicide and even accidents and cigarette smoking. This can hardly be good for children.

Hurley writes: In the adoption context, the baker’s victory provided legal ammunition for religious groups facing litigation, according to Matt Sharp, a lawyer with the conservative Christian group Alliance Defending Freedom, which supports religious exemptions to anti-discrimination laws and represented Phillips.

“In my experience, a lot of the rhetoric being tossed around to justify why (private) agencies shouldn’t be given (government) contracts has been that they are ‘religious bigots,’ a lot of the same language directed against Jack,” Sharp said, referring to Phillips.

The Supreme Court ruling made clear “that type of hostility is not permissible,” Sharp added. comment: Hostility is a major issue that Christians have faced for thousands of years.

This decision will force states and cities to tone down their rhetoric and deal with Christian issues legally and rationally rather than emotionally and politically. Good. It’s about time.

Hurley writes: The ruling steered clear of endorsing religious-based exemptions to a wide-range of anti-discrimination laws. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the ruling, made it clear that gay rights and religious rights both should be respected.

The long-term fate of legal challenges to various conservative-backed religious freedom laws could rest on Kennedy, an 81-year-old conservative who sometimes sides with the court’s liberals in major cases and has been a champion of gay rights. comment: This is how Kennedy, an alleged conservative who was nominated to the Court by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and assumed office in 1988, has sold out the conservative cause. He was the pivotal vote (5-4) to legalize gay marriage nationwide in 2015. We conservatives wish him good riddance from the Court when he leaves, which may be soon.

Hurley writes: Under Oklahoma’s law, private agencies that handle adoption and foster care cannot be forced to participate in placing a child “when the proposed placement would violate the agency’s written religious or moral convictions or policies.”

Mississippi’s 2016 law is even broader, letting businesses refuse to provide marriage-related services to same-sex couples and allowing judges, magistrates and justices of the peace to refuse to perform same-sex weddings due to religious objections.

Other conservative states have not yet followed Mississippi’s lead by passing such a wide-ranging law. Advocates on both sides said conservative lawmakers may have been deterred by the backlash among businesses and others to North Carolina’s so-called bathroom bill.

That law, enacted in 2016 and later partially repealed, required transgender people to use bathrooms that correspond to their gender at birth in government buildings and public schools. comment: You can see how these intertwined issues – homosexuality, gay marriage, bathroom use by sex-changers – all are converging in the courts and in public opinion. These issues are affecting us all and often in very negative ways. For instance, who would want his young daughter alone in a bathroom with a male who has changed his sex to a female? Even most liberals find this very disturbing.

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