Our local newspaper posted this on Facebook and asked for comments:
The owners of an Oregon bakery might have to pay up to $150,000 to a same-sex couple after refusing to sell them a wedding cake.
The bakery owners said they refused to sell the same-sex couple a cake because it went against their Christian beliefs.
The original article can be found here.
Living in a more conservative part of the state, I wasn’t too surprised to find comments that went along the lines of the following:
- I hate the fact that this life style is being forced upon us as if they should be entitled to more than the average person. I say no cake for you now be gone.
- I thought there was a right to refuse service ? Aren’t there other bakeries this couple could have gone to ? If someone doesn’t want to serve me or have my business I’m going elsewhere.
- What about ‘hate’ I’m a Christian also……but Jesus ask us to Love everyone? Let God deal with the gay couple….just be nice and treat them fair as a Christian should. ….it’s the love and forgiveness that draws us to God. ….we should all be showing that. ….
Response to this comment: Being a Christian does not mean rolling over for attacks on your faith!
- It may be against their beliefs to do stuff like that for one. And 2 if you read the Bible. Same sex marriage and sexual relationships are also a sin. That’s part of this country’s problem. If a person doesn’t get their way they sue them.
- What ever happened to “we have the right to refuse”. This couple needs to suck it up and go elsewhere.
- So if I refuse to serve a pedifiler I’m going to get sued????
- Gays are all going to Haitis they don’t belong here read your bible people thats why this country is soon coming to an end. Gay sex is y and if they choose not to make a gay cake it’s up to them. You dont get to buy a car with bad credit does this mean you can now file suite against the banks and auto industry? Gays have way to many rights and think the world owes them 40 acres and a donky slong get over it bake your own cake you gay anyways.
- Where the right to practice your faith? This country was founded on Christian beliefs of our founding fathers. Morals have gone to hell in this country. I would refuse service as well. They can go elsewhere. I wish the gays would quit shoving their immoral sick crap down every ones throat!!!!!! The decent people are sick of it!!!!! The good Christians of the world need to pray hard for these people.
There were several dozen more but, well, you get the idea.
And then there was this one — which I thought was especially apropos: [This] “lifestyle” isn’t being forced upon you. Don’t like gay marriage? Don’t get one.
I actually thought the individual that wrote the one about letting God deal with it had her head on straight. But based on the other comments, she’s a rarity.
I found the following on LegalMatch.com:
Can a Restaurant Be Sued for Refusing Service to a Customer?
In most cases, a business is allowed to refuse service to patrons and customers. This is usually allowed if the customer is being disruptive, uncooperative, or is violating business laws or health codes.
However, there are certain instances when a restaurant might be sued for refusing service to a customer. These include situations like:
- There is no discernable reason for the refusal, and the refusal caused the customer to experience financial loss or injury
- The refusal of service violated the customer’s equal protection rights
- The refusal of service violated terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- There was a breach of contract between the business and the customer