This week has been educational for some in the US as business owners are schooled on the difference between religious conviction and legal activity. One case at a time the LGBT community is making its point. This particular point is covered in doilies and cupcakes.
Religions can discriminate because they're protected from the need to treat all people fairly. They can be as biased and hateful as they want, like a childhood club that insists "no girls allowed". The same doesn't apply to its members when they run a business. It can be family owned and have a history of painting religious icons on each cupcake. It can be closed on Sundays and donate a portion of its profits to a church. It can be run by the spouse of a long-time local pastor and have a room reserved for Pat Robertson. None of that matters. It's still a business and whether the owner agrees that LGBT people deserve to be treated with respect is irrelevant. It's the law.
If you don't want to have a gay couple sharing a bed at your B&B and don't want to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding then don't run a business. You can't choose your customers because out here in the real world you can't treat people as second-class citizens without suffering the consequences. Blatant discrimination might be acceptable in some circles but it's still illegal and standing in front of a judge with only the bible as a defense won't get you very far.
That particular rule also applies to people who do cover art. As some of you know, I had a graphic artist refuse to do a cover for me because she considers MM romance anti-American and/or a violation of her religious values. It's not worth a lawsuit to me. If she doesn't want the job others will gladly take it (and it took me less than a day to find one) but she's misguided if she believes that attitude is legal. It's blatant discrimination and every cover she turns down is breaking the law just as if she had refused to do it because she thought I had the wrong color skin.
White supremacist or homophobic it's all the same and I love that the LGBT community finally has the self-esteem to stand up to the attitude that we're less deserving than heteros. It's a spotlight of hope on what can be a dark, depressing stage. One battle at a time we will earn equality and I'm proud of my LGBT brothers and sisters who put their feet down and say, "This isn't right and it ends here".
This round of cupcakes is on me!
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