We began class by immediately researching the recent Colorado Cake Supreme Court hearing. This case, as expected since it is being heard by the Supreme Court, is massive.
Essentially, a baker in Colorado refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. The baker’s decision has evolved into a massive clash between religious beliefs and anti-discrimination laws.
I believe same-sex marriage should be legal and accepted everywhere, in other words, I believe people should be able to live as they please. Wit that said, my original opinion was that if you don’t want to serve someone, you have the right to do so, thus siding with the baker.
However, after careful reflection, my opinion changed.
I thought about the situation from a different aspect. What if the baker had refused to serve someone because they were black? How would I feel?
Well, I’d be angry, consider that illegal and ultimately want that specific business closed down.
So how is this situation any different? Well, it’s not. As a store owner, you must offer your services to everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual orientation.
Furthermore, with my conflicting opinions, I see exactly why this case has been taken to the Supreme Court. Although it’s wrong to deny someone service, the baker is Christian, and if their religion doesn’t support gay marriage, where does the baker’s action of baking a cake stand between freedom of religion and discrimination? It’s crazy.
If I were on the Supreme Court, I would understand that baking the cake may be against the baker’s religion and understand that the baker does have a right to decline someone service. However, I also understand that this is no different than someone denying service to a black person in the 1960’s. With that said, I don’t care what the laws are, it is 2017 and the refusal of service of someone because of skin, race, religion or sexual orientation should be illegal under ALL circumstances, in other words, this is far more important that someones right to simply deny service or deny service because of their religious beliefs.
Although laws are laws, the world is changing and so should laws. I’m not implying that religion should be dismissed or irrelevant, but in this specific case, discrimination like this needs to be stopped, thus making all other “arguments” irrelevant.