The simple answer is no to the question posed on American Family Association’s “news” blog. Michael F. Haverluck (?) goes on to write:
With 30 states now legalizing same-sex “marriage” — 11 court decisions overturned marriage protection amendments this month alone — many are fearing that Christian wedding vendors may become extinct as quickly as the 20 remaining states that still honor marriage as a union only between one man and one woman.
Who are these “many” misguided people? There is no such thing as a “Christian wedding vendor” in the first place. Businesses do not have a faith. The owners of most businesses happen to be Christian (just like the population). While most wedding vendors are pleased with all the new business, a minuscule percentage of those Christian-owned operations have the perception that providing services to a same-sex couple violates their faith. It’s nonsense. It’s a business that is supposed to make money. If they don’t want the business they are free to post a sign indicating their preference. It’s perfectly legal. We won’t bother them to give them our money. Problem solved.
It is my considered opinion that most of the people who get sued are determined to be martyrs for the faith. They are trying to create the controversy at the behest of trolls like ADF (promising them free legal assistance). The ordinances that they defy have been in place long before marriage equality came to town. Indeed most of the cases are in states that did not recognize same-sex marriage at the time.
According to Haverluck:
Based in Washington, D.C., FRC’s legal expert says the LBGTQ community’s campaign to trample religious freedom — by making their demand for special privileges into a civil rights issue — has been in place for some time. He asserts that a homosexual couple having to travel across town to find a comparable service is much less of an inconvenience than losing one’s livelihood and having to find a new career.
|Peter Sprigg – FRC|
That “legal expert” is actually Peter Sprigg, a Baptist minister with no legal training. “Special privileges” means being treated equally in public accommodations. As for the gay couple traveling across town, they have been told “we don’t serve your kind here.” The schmuck responsible for giving them that message is not the victim. It is the gay couple who have been persecuted, discriminated against and victimized.
This issue has been litigated countless times and they always lose. They lose because, as Justice Scalia pointed out in Employment Division v. Smith, religious exceptions to valid laws would make those laws entirely unenforceable.
“There is no shortage of businesses that will be happy to take their money,” Sprigg insists. “But the cost for the Christian business owner is to offer their services in a way that violates their conscience or go out of business and that’s a far more serious threat.”
“Let them go elsewhere” is a familiar refrain from people intent on unlawfully discriminating. It is why we have these laws in the first place.