Last Friday I posted about an Indianapolis bakery that shared on its Facebook page that it had told a gay couple they would not – due to their deeply held religious beliefs – make the couple a cake for a commitment ceremony.
Now, anti-gay stalwart and hate group leader Tony Perkins has praised the couple for deciding to walk away from the discrimination they faced:
A few weeks ago, the owners of 111 Cakery got a call from Mike Stephens and Shane Laney, a newly “engaged” couple who wanted to hire Randy and Trish to make the cake for their April commitment ceremony. Knowing it could cost them their business — or at the very least, change it forever — the McGaths never wavered. Politely, they explained they couldn’t accept the job.
Although Mike and Shane complained about the decision on social media, they seem content to “move on” and find another bakery without involving local officials. “We found someone that will do it for us, so we’re going to focus on the good,” Mike said. And that’s exactly as it should be. This is how religious liberty and the free market are supposed to work. Instead of forcing Christians to participate in these ceremonies against their will, the customers simply found their service elsewhere.
As with any business policy, the market will vote with their dollars on whether they agree with the McGaths’ position. And as consumers, they should have that right. Tragically, Mike and Shane’s response is an anomaly among those pushing for the redefinition of marriage.
First of all, how does Tony Perkins know just how “politely” the bakery turned down the request?
And second, Tony Perkins’ says the gay couple did exactly as they should – in the face of discrimination they should turn around, quietly walk out and “move on.” Don’t make a fuss, guys. Just “move on.”
I should note that Indiana has no statewide public accommodation protection for LGBT citizens.
Indianapolis, however, does have citywide LGBT discrimination protections. It is against the law to refuse public accommodations based on sexual orientation in Indianapolis.
Tony Perkins does not care about the law.
Or, rather, Tony Perkins doesn’t care about THIS law.