Be Careful What You Wish For

The anti-gay wedding bill was vetoed in Arizona yesterday. The proposed law said that people who cater weddings, such as florists and bakers, should not be forced to serve gay ceremonies if it’s against their “religious beliefs.”  Now they are legally required to.

Symbolically it’s a victory for gay rights.  Practically, to me, it’s a potential nightmare for gay couples.  I foresee an ocean of wilted flowers, watered-down drinks, mediocre food, and faulty air conditioning in the blazing Arizona heat.  People often rebel when the government forces new mandates on individual freedom.

In the early ’60’s there was a push-back against anti-discrimination laws in the South.  I remember one interview with an angry, white barber who said, “I don’t know how to cut colored hair!”  He proved his statement again and again when he was forced to provide haircuts to black customers.  The law was followed but there were many black men walking around town with odd haircuts.

I hope anti-gay marriage retailers are professional enough to do their best for any wedding. But I’m afraid when it comes to human nature, gays won’t be able to have their wedding cake – and eat it too.

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