Who saw this coming? Okay, everybody did. Now that marriage equality is the law of the land, conservatives have jumped to the rescue for a core constituency — anti-gay bakers.
The argument goes like this: if anti-gay bakers have to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples, then bakers should also be required to bake a cake with a swastika on it. But if they don’t have to bake the swastika cake, then they shouldn’t have to bake the wedding cake.
Aside from the fact that it is abhorrent to compare the love of two consensual adults to the monsters who brought you the Holocaust, the argument is, of course, based on a false equivalency.
Just for clarity sake, it’s important to note that the anti-gay bakers aren’t opposed to marriage. That being said, there’s nothing wrong with refusing to bake wedding cakes. Who knows? Maybe the baker’s bride left him for his brother at the altar. Again, refusing to bake wedding cakes because you oppose marriage is perfectly fine.
But these bakers are only refusing to bake wedding cakes for same-sex couples. And I don’t know about you, but I didn’t choose my sexual orientation. It most certainly chose me. So it’s clear, the discrimination is based on what a person is.
That’s not the same as refusing to bake a Nazi cake. Nobody was born a Nazi. Nazism doesn’t choose you. You choose it (by the way, it’s a really, really bad choice). Refusing to bake a Nazi cake isn’t discrimination based on what a person is, it’s refusing service based on a person’s beliefs, which are the product of a choice.
Okay, we’re done with that.
This isn’t the end of it. The further our society moves forward, the more bizarre the arguments in favor of discrimination are going to get.
Don’t worry, we’ll be there to show them the errors of their ways.