by Greg Krehbiel on 4 February 2013
If somebody opens a bakery, are they required to write anything you want on a cake? Clearly not, I would say. Nobody could compel you to write something evil or hateful on a cake. But where do you draw the line?
According to the article, “The Oregon Equality Act was enacted in 2007 and prohibits public accommodations, including businesses, from discriminating against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.”
That seems to make it clear that the bakery can’t refuse to bake the couple a cake for their event, whether it violates their moral views or not. If you choose to offer a public accommodation in Oregon, you can’t discriminate against people because of their sexual orientation.
But how far does that go? Refusing to bake a cake is one thing. Refusing to bake a wedding cake might be another matter, since that is now a form of speech.
As an illustration — and this is not meant to offend anyone who believes in same-sex marriage, it’s just to make the point — imagine the man-boy love association came into the bakery and asked for a “wedding cake” for a man and a 10-year old boy, with the words “pederasty is beautiful” written on the top. Could they refuse that?
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