I find the writers' concerns bewildering. The business owners' refusal to sell a product to a member of the public surfaced once those business owners became aware the people wishing to purchase their product were gay and were planning a wedding.
Selling a product to the public such as flowers or pizza is not a religious rite but merely a business transaction. I am Jewish, so might Arlene's Florist shop or the Indiana pizza owner refuse to sell their product to me?
Why might they refuse? Well, many non-Jewish people perceive Jews as non-believers or "sinners" who need conversion to Christianity to be "saved." Should such "believers" be allowed to intermix their religiously held beliefs with their day-to-day business practices? I do not think so.
Fortunately, our Constitution assures me the freedom to worship as I wish. However, there is no law that limits selling business services or products to people simply because the seller does not agree with the way in which a member of the public chooses to worship or live his or her life.
This is the crux of this issue, a very important one for this country to understand.