Readers React: The Supreme Court brilliantly threaded the needle between gay rights and the Colorado baker’s religious freedom
To the editor: As a gay American, I am proud that the U.S. Supreme Court has rightly ruled in favor of religious freedom and the right of association in the case involving a Colorado baker who did not want to create a cake celebrating a same-sex couple’s marriage.
Uncomfortable as it may be for some people to accept, the right to associate with whom one wishes also includes the right of disassociation. Neither I nor any other gay American is harmed by a company refusing my business. I can start my own company, or I can take my money where it is wanted.
Freedom in this country can often mean that our fellow citizens may make choices that we may not agree with — that is the price we pay to have freedom. I, for one, am happy to pay it.
Ray Shelton, Glendale
To the editor: Our Supreme Court once again demonstrates its moral cowardice in deciding in favor of the Colorado cake maker. The justices ruled on a small facet of the case and avoided the major impetus, which is whether a business owner has the right to discriminate against customers based on the customers’ sexual orientation.
I fail to comprehend how writing a few names on a cake violates the baker’s religious beliefs. He doesn’t have to write the names himself — he could farm out the task and still retain the profit.
Patrick Sullivan, Reseda
To the editor: What would happen if a gay couple who had a bakery refused to create a wedding cake for a heterosexual Christian couple?
Alison Rood, Sacramento
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