Should A Bakery Be Forced By Law Into Making A Wedding Cake For A Same – Sex Couple? [Video]
Same-sex marriage is still a very sensitive issue for many people, but more states are making it a legal option for same-sex couples. Minnesota became the 12th state to do so just this week.
But when it comes to the actual ceremony, should vendors be forced into having to offer their goods and services to same-sex couples? As more and more ceremonies are being performed, it's a question that's being asked. Where do their beliefs fit in?
A bakery in the state of Oregon is refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple's celebration, even though that decision violates the state's anti-discrimination consumer protection laws. Oregon law mandates that businesses provide "full and equal accommodations without any discrimination on account of race, color, religion, sex or sexual orientation."
Businesses that offer goods and services related to weddings and commitment ceremonies are sometimes being forced to choose between their state's legal requirements and their own personal and religious beliefs. Another business owner who has had a similar dilemma in another state says quite simply, "it's because of my convictions for their lifestyle. It is my right as a business owner." She goes on to say, " It is my right, and it's not to discriminate against them. It's not so much to do with them, it's to do with me and my walk with God."
In states where same-sex weddings are legal, should businesses be required by law to provide their services even if doing so violates their moral and religious beliefs?
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