Same-Sex Marriage

Freedom of religion does not grant businesses a license to discriminate

Freedom of religion does not grant businesses a license to discriminate

I am appalled at the assertion by a recent letter writer that the Colorado cake baker “has every right . . . to run his small business as he feels appropriate” (“Commentary on wedding cake case ignores religious and individual freedom”). Actually, that is not true.

The right of religious freedom, as asserted by the cake baker as a basis for denying a wedding cake to a same-sex couple, is not absolute, as wrongly suggested by the letter writer, but in fact limited by the Federal Civil Rights Act when the so-called religious right is exercised as an excuse to...

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