Re: "Are we being forced to ignore our beliefs?" (letter, 4-5).
This is really an old argument, a Christian business owner refusing service to a customer on religious grounds. Providing a floral arrangement, catering food or taking photos of a same-sex celebration of love and marriage is seen as a sacrilegious act, as well as a “public enshrinement of sin.”
Of course, these goods and services are secular operations and have nothing whatsoever to do with any religious function. The true believers among the Christian as well as other religions claim that marriage is a “sacred institution,” yet it is socially institutionalized through tradition, history and cultural practice.
Many Christians will use the First Amendment as their basis to practice discrimination due to sexual orientation or gender identity, but they forget to read about “equal protection” as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.
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Besides, didn’t Jesus say, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you?”