A Colorado bakery has won a Supreme Court case which revolved around their rights to refuse making a wedding cake for a gay couple on the basis of their religious beliefs. However backward the bakery’s views may appear to many of us, why would the gay couple want a shop like that making a cake for their wedding in the first place? Surely the negative publicity on the back of it may well put the bakery in receivership or severely damage custom. Talk about a potentially self inflicted wound. Isn’t that just desserts if the bakery suffers because people exercise their distaste by their lack of patronage? What if the bakery had lost? Should the owner face a multi million dollar punitive damages suit and jail time? In all honesty how emotionally damaged were the gay couple? Gays wedding aren’t the only things the cake shop bans by the way,. At what point do we draw the line on a breach of civil rights? The hurdle seems to keep getting lower.
If a Michelin 3-star restaurant refuses your young kids because they might spoil the ambience, have your kid’s civil rights been breached? Should gentlemen only clubs be banned? Why would women want to hang out in a club full of stuffy old men smoking cigars and drinking brandy? If the club charges its members sufficient dues to provide that atmosphere which breaks no laws then why the fuss? They set the rules. They’ve a right to such a club if they don’t harm anyone else. ‘Curves‘ is a female only health club. Is it right that men are banned from joining? It’s a club that discriminates solely on gender. Maybe the club wouldn’t be of interest to most men but it is openly discriminating yet no complaints are made.
Quite frankly the bakery may be petty minded but surely any business should have the right to choose who they wish to serve under their own guidelines. Turning away good business is rather absurd but it happens. Take my attempts to open a stock trading account in Japan last week to be denied the right for being a foreigner. It is not something I plan to take up with the Supreme Court here in Tokyo to fight for my rights to have an account. I’ll just suck it up and find another that will. Quite frankly if I managed to be able to open an account at the foreigner-unfriendly broker I probably wouldn’t want to trade with them anyway. The reality is probably more tied to the broker’s worry that the foreigner may not speak Japanese causing lots of angst so easier to ban the lot. Instead of asking my Japanese level, they turn me away. This isn’t the first such incidence.
Surely if the gay couple won this case, they would most likely place the wedding cake order elsewhere. Seriously what is the upside to order it at the bakery in question other than to humiliate them further? What of the death threats made to the bakery? Have activists reacted to this or forgiven it under the ‘serves you right, bigots!’ banner?
Was 1st in SEO CEO’s actions to demand the resignations of people who voted for Trump given the same media coverage? The CEO was actually violating labour laws. He also extended this to ceasing business with any clients that voted for Trump. Personally it is a narrow minded view but if he so chooses to cut off business it is his right to do so, in so far as he has shareholder approval to do so. A Melbourne bookstore has been criticised online after warning people who “vote no” in the upcoming same-sex marriage postal vote to never visit their shop again. Is that any better than the baker?
There seems to be no charge of a bile-laden homophobic rant by the baker. In fact the owner said,
“I’ll sell anyone any cake I’ve got…But I won’t design a cake that promotes something that conflicts with the Bible’s teachings. And that rule applies to far more than cakes celebrating same-sex marriages. I also won’t use my talents to celebrate Halloween, anti-American or anti-family themes, atheism, racism, or indecency.”
Whether we believe the bakery of not for the depths of their fervent religious beliefs they are protected under the law. The Supreme Court ruled in the baker’s favour. If people don’t like the law then they should change it. Still if people want to go ahead and ban the rights of bakers from refusing gay customer requests for wedding cakes, then they should be prepared to accept Curves not having the right to exclude men from their women-only aerobics classes and tell the Michelin 3-star restaurant to provide high chairs and a children’s menu. Still don’t complain when your plans to propose to your partner when some baby is screaming in the middle of dessert get ruined.