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Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26 2014 6:29 p.m. MST

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Eliyahu
Pleasant Grove, UT

@RG
"But asking for a gay marriage cake or photographing a gay marriage is something different."

Is it different from, let's say, making a cake for a Mormon marrying a gentile, or for someone entering any other marriage that isn't approved by your church? Should a baker be asking for all the details of the relationship and their background, or do they have different standards for one particular "sin" rather than another? If his church believes that divorce is forbidden, should he be demanding to know if this is a second marriage for either partner before agreeing to bake a cake?

In any case, bakers and photographers aren't asked to approve or endorse the wedding. Rather, they're asked to provide food or a service. If the baker's religion teaches that gluttony is a sin, can he refuse to sell to obese people on religious grounds? What if he thinks drinking alcohol is a sin and there might be booze at the wedding? Or are some "sins" okay?

John Pack Lambert of Michigan
Ypsilanti, MI

Calling this bill "anti-gay" is a lie. This bill protects to freedom of all people to implement their religion in all aspects of their life without the government penalizing them for it. This is a good thing. Sadly, the liberal media has told never ending laws about the bill.

dLange
Los Gatos, CA

the headline calling this a "so-called anti-gay" bill shows editorialization of the headlines. There is no question that the bill would have allowed discrimination, for better or worse, against gays.

Janet
Ontario, OR

The idea of subcontracting to avoid participation in something objectionable isn't a bad one. Another might be to discourage the potential client from wanting to use your business. "I don't know much about fondant sculpture (if that's true, of course), but XYZ Bakery does some beautiful work." "I've already booked a wedding for that day (again, if true), but I can recommend another excellent photographer." I don't see why refusing to bake a cake, arrange flowers, or take photos or video at a gay wedding is making a positive difference in the world. The couple is still getting married. If I were a printer, I'd hate printing flyers for a pro-choice rally, but if I did or not, they'd still get printed. I am deeply religious and agree that religion is under attack by certain voices in America, but that is partly because of the "culture wars" mentality of religious people who try to bully rather than follow Jesus' example of meekness and quiet strength. Granny used to say, "You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar."

Willem
Los Angeles, CA

Fellow Mormons lets stamp out Homophobia now!

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

@techpubs: 1. A public school cannot have any references to God or a Christian religion displayed on their walls or property because it is considered to be an endorsement by the school of that religion which violates the Separation Clause.

Schools CAN have reference to Christianity as long as they also allow other religions to have access and protect the rights of non-Christian students. If you want Christian stuff on the walls of schools you also must support the rights of Jews, Muslims, Pagans, Wiccans, Mormons and others to display their symbols, too. Most Christians only want public religious displays that exclude all other religions. That then becomes government endorsement of one religion.

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