Sen. Marco Rubio doesn't think discriminating against gay people is cool all the time. Just some of the time.
Commenting on Arizona's vetoed anti-gay, right-to-discriminate bill this weekend on Meet the Press, he claimed he didn't believe that, for example, gay people should be denied service at a restaurant. However, he doesn't want good Christian folks to have bake cakes for their weddings.
"The notion that someone, because they are gay, would be denied service at a restaurant is something that Americans don't support, conservatives don't support," Rubio said. "The other side of the equation is, imagine now if you're a Southern Baptist or a Catholic or evangelical photographer who does not believe, because of your faith, in gay marriage. And because of that, you don't want to provide photographic services to a gay marriage. Should you be sanctioned by the state for refusing to do so?"
He reiterated he doesn't think caterers, photographers, and such should be punished for refusing their services for gay weddings.
"We've got to figure out a way to protect that as well," he concluded.
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Yes, we all remember that part in the Bible where God said, "Thou shalt not frost a cake for a homosexual, for it is an abomination unto me," right?
Of course, maybe we could point to that part in the Bible that says Christians shouldn't be too concerned with the sexual proclivities of people outside their church, because then, well, they'd pretty much have to retreat from society.
So maybe one might wonder if this really is against a Southern Baptist's religion? And if it is, maybe one might wonder why we're not protecting their right to also deny services to heterosexual brides and grooms who were previously divorced, since that's clearly forbidden?
But if we started picking and choosing which parts of the Bible should be reflected in law, where would that lead? Oh, right, it would lead to trying to find a way to protect people from baking cakes for gay weddings.