Judge orders wedding cake baker to serve same sex couples
This was inevitable:
A baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex ceremony must serve gay couples despite his religious beliefs or face fines, a judge said Friday.
The order from administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer said Masterpiece Cakeshop in suburban Denver discriminated against a couple “because of their sexual orientation by refusing to sell them a wedding cake for their same-sex marriage.”
The order says the cake-maker must “cease and desist from discriminating” against gay couples. Although the judge did not impose fines in this case, the business will face penalties if it continues to turn away gay couples who want to buy cakes.
And so begins religious persecution in America. You had to know that this was coming, right? Government recognition and licensure of same-sex marriage was never going to be the end-point. Next comes government forcing individuals to transact business with other individuals whether they want to or not. After that comes forcing churches to perform ceremonies whether they want to or not.
It may not be “nice” to refuse to transact business with someone because of certain identifying characteristics. But forcing people to do so against their will violates freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of association, freedom of self-ownership, freedom of property, freedom of commerce, and maybe all of the above at once.
Whether the left is motivated by a childlike desire for everyone to be “nice,” or whether they are motivated by a desire to exercise force, the end result is always the latter. The end result of nearly everything they do, support, and empower to be done is the exercise of force and coercion upon (formerly free) individuals.