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Businesses should have choice about serving gays

2014-08-10T13:47:00Z 2014-08-10T16:08:06Z Businesses should have choice about serving gays The Billings Gazette
August 10, 2014 1:47 pm

Should same sex marriage be legalized in Montana (which is likely; the issue is up for consideration in our courts), then the nondiscrimination ordinance being considered by the Billings City Council would impose a fine upon anyone who would refuse to provide services for a wedding (photographers, wedding planners, bakeries, florists, DJs, etc.) because it would violate their moral conscience or religious beliefs to do so.

The NDO assumes that if you disagree with same sex marriage and therefore refuse to provide the requested service, you are guilty of punishable discrimination. The fact is that the refusal of service may have nothing to do with discrimination, but may be motivated instead by the belief that marriage is a sacred union of man and woman with the unique capacity to produce offspring. Proponents of this law fail to recognize that it in turn seeks to discriminate against people for their religious beliefs and moral conscience.

Cynthia Marble


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