This article was published on April 5th, 2015
Lately, there has been a lot of talk, especially in relation to Indiana, Arkansas and Georgia, about new laws that would allow businesses to discriminate against gay patrons, and refuse them service. One pizzeria made headlines when they announced that they wouldn’t cater to gay weddings, should the law go into effect. Of course this resulted in a furious backlash, which forced the owners into hiding, fearing for their safety—as well they should. You can’t threaten a large group of people and expect things to go smoothly. A florist in Georgia made a similar statement, when a reporter visited their shop, claiming homosexuality went against their beliefs, and they would gladly deny service to gay customers. Not only is this bigotry,hateful, and mean…but it’s illogical.
Unless they have clairvoyant abilities, how would they know whether or not a customer is gay? It would be foolish to assume that all gays flaunt their sexuality with rainbow flags, tiaras, and a pronounced lisp. And for those that believe this, you should be horse-whipped. Truthfully, they could have tons of gay clients and not even know it. Also, if the law does get approved, do these business plan on greeting everyone that walks through the door by saying, “Welcome, which side of the fence do you land on? Dick or vagina?”
Bad Business Practice
Regardless of your religious belief, if you own a business, odds are you’re main goal is to make money. If you’re openly telling a group of people that you won’t cater to them because you don’t agree with their sexuality, then you must be rich. Why else would you turn away paying clients? In the case of the small-town florist, that probably doesn’t see a ton of customers anyway, they’d be wise to think before they speak. At the end of the day, money is money. If doesn’t lose value when it comes from a gay person. So, basically, accept the business and shut up.
If you’re stationed in the middle of nowhere, what makes you think gays are going to go out of their way to come buy anything from you? Great, you publically announced that you’re a bigot that can afford the monetary loss. It’s awesome that you’re so proud of your business that you think people need a news bulletin about your planned policy change. Little hint: make sure the people you’re threatening actually want what you’re selling before you start banning them. For example, the Indiana pizzeria that won’t cater gay weddings failed to take into account that no gay couple would ever want that for their nuptials. Nothing says “I Love You” like greasy party food.