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    2014 - 02.22

    Or Arizona, either.

    Both Kansas and Arizona are in the process of trying to pass legislation that will protect the religious freedom of business owners by allowing them to deny goods and services to gay people based on the owner’s religious beliefs.

    And people are up in arms over this.

    Why?

    News reports indicate this is predominately to support the religious freedoms of those who provide goods and services related to weddings.

    What could possibly make the buying decision of gays and lesbians easier than immediately knowing which businesses not to frequent? How about the socially moderate public who is simply looking to purchase the highest quality goods and services for themselves and their loved ones?

    Can you imagine a department store, car dealer, hair salon, night club, restaurant,  jeweler or travel agent refusing to provide goods and services to gay people?

    At the risk of being flip, I’d welcome a sign something like this to tell me where not to shop.

    We are at a great point in history in regard to supporting equal protection of existing laws for gay people.

    I think it’s high time those in Kansas and Arizona who wish to actively discriminate against gay people identify themselves and let market forces determine their fate.

    Today’s Gay Agenda: For the record, the stereotype about gays being the best florists, bakers, chefs, event planners and designers is pretty much true. If you seek out businesses that displays a rainbow slash in a window, plan on watching your daughter walk down the aisle in a Jaclyn Smith poly-cotton blend wedding frock and then retiring to the local community center/learning anex where your guests will suffer through cheese whiz on cinnamon swirls,  a grape jello/cool whip salad, some ground up pickle relish on day old bread sticks, and then dance to “Burn baby burn, disco inferno” beneath spastically flashing Christmas lights and crepe paper pinatas from the party supply discount bin.

     

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    5 Responses to “We’re not in Kansas any more”

    1. Chad Smith says:

      It’s absolutely frightening to me that there are enough people in any legislative body in the county that laws like this could still become a reality. That being said, the tide is still turning, just much, much slower in some states. They’ll get there, but they’ll have to be dragged kicking and screaming into the present.

      ps: I can’t think of anything more romantic than spray cheese and crummy Christmas lights! :P

    2. David says:

      The businesses who ready to discriminate to GLBT people will see their profit margins go down and they will get over themselves. The bottom line in any business is making a profit. Even though fundamentalists will flock to businesses who openly discriminate, they will not spend as much as GLBT people. Either way, businesses who support the legislation will eventually be forced to get over it if they plan to stay in business.

    3. Ivanw2 says:

      Just being gay doesn’t make you the best baker, event planner, or chef. There are plenty of straight ones who are very good. The real problem is that some of them feel they have some religious right not to serve us. That might work in our favor too, I’ll never set foot in a Chik Fl La. But, I think your sign idea might catch on a bit too well and we’d be hunting to find places that will serve us. These laws are insulting and a move to push us back into the closet. Thankfully they have little chance of surviving if a case against them makes it to the courts.

    4. Avatar of Mac Mac says:

      There was a time not very long ago I would have been outraged by this. Now I think it’s complete nonsense. I do suppose there could be some small towns with single vendors who would object to providing goods and services to gay people, and that would mean the gay people would have to buy their wedding supplies somewhere else.

      Discrimination is bad for business. Corporate America learned that years ago. It appears some mom and pops want to be martyrs for their faith.

      I say, let them.

    5. Richard says:

      To me, it’s disgusting enought that individuals discriminate and could force their employees to do the same. The truely offensive part is that the new “law” would allow public employees (public “servants”) to also discriminate if they claim a “religious conviction”. Public employees are paid from the taxes and fees paid by ALL citizens (gay, straight, asexual, bisexual, transexual, etc.).

      Maybe we need a law that prohibits anyone who subscribes to a “strongly held belief” in a religion that promotes discrimination from working for a tax-payer-supported government agency.

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