I’ve always liked the sign above the cash register in cafes throughout America: “We Reserve The Right To Refuse Service.”
Freedom Of Association means nothing in the “Land of the Free,” anymore.
But the New York State Division of Human Rights doesn’t see things this way. On August 8, it fined Cynthia and Robert Gifford $13,000 for acting on their belief that marriage is the union of a man and woman and thus declining to rent out their family farm for a same-sex wedding celebration. The Human Rights Commission ruled that “the nature and circumstances of the [Giffords’s] violation of the Human Rights Law also warrants a penalty.”
I make no meaningless distinctions between property, incidentally. Home or business, all the same to me—and how long until an AirBNB host that rents out a spare bedroom or den (while they’re home) will be compelled to rent it to a gay couple, should that violate their values or comfort zone?
For well over a decade I have supported the equal freedom of gays and lesbians to associate, up to and including any “privileges” bestowed by the State, that other folks “enjoy.” I have a number of gay and lesbian friends, singles and couples—some that have been couples for 30 years. But apparently, the freedom to associate isn’t enough and you’re going to have association shoved down your throat like a gay porn film, whether you like it or not.
That support I’ve lent—both verbally and in writing, including on this blog—hereby ends and I would encourage others to do likewise and put out the word, and why. I’ll reconsider should ever I see substantial efforts at housekeeping.
This is what happens when fighting over cannibal pot hysteria—who goes in the pot and who gets to feast. People get gluttonous when others are picking up the tab.
Oh, and yea, there’s this, from the same article.
The Giffords must pay a $1,500 mental anguish fine to each of the women and pay $10,000 in civil damages penalty to New York State. If they can’t pay in 60 days, a nine percent interest rate will be added to that total. Like Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop, the Giffords must also institute anti-discrimination re-education classes and procedures for their staff.
(HT: A.B. Dada)