Another case surrounding same-sex marriage goes on.
This from last month, outlines a situation whereby a florist faced a lawsuit because she refused to do a wedding floral arrangement for a same-sex couple.
Should the State force her to violate her conscience?
In the line of freedom of conscience and religious freedom, it is easy to rush to the defense of florists, bakers and photographers in the wedding business. At the same time, it feels like the tug-of-war going on is not going to end well for anyone. Eroding someones right to do business that pivots on their personal religious beliefs doesn’t seem wise, nor does pigeonholing one part of society and refusing to do business with them.
What would these business owners think if they were denied service because of their religious views?
Moreover, if providing services for a same-sex marriage violates their religious belief because they believe it is sinful, how do they justify providing services to those who are living in sin before marriage?
I think the key behind religious freedom and freedom of conscience, is that it be sincerely held beliefs that are congruent with an entire faith system.
You can’t deny wedding floral arrangements to a gay couple, but at the same time, sell a flower to a guy who’s cheating on his wife.
If you’re in the business of selling flowers, sell flowers.