I’m still frantically knitting and trying to get my project completed. I read this small article online and the thoughts were distracting me from concentrating on my knitting. Whatever it’s worth, or whatever you think it’s worth, this issue is out of my system for now.
Two years ago, a young gay couple entered a bakery in Lakewood, Colo. The men wanted to order a wedding cake. When he realised whose wedding it was, Jack Phillips refused the commission. Phillips doesn’t recognise same sex marriage; he feels that a wedding cake is an ‘iconic symbol of marriage’. And his attorney pointed out that Colorado, where Phillips lives doesn’t recognise same sex marriage either. The couple took him to court. Phillips is appealing a judge’s order that he stops what the court sees as a discriminatory practice. Phillips intends to fight it, but I think he hasn’t got a chance. And even if he did have a chance I don’t think that legislation is the point that should be considered here.
I’m not selective about who should have rights and who should not, so my first thought, therefore, was that whatever my personal opinions were the rights lie with Phillips who has the right not to recognize same sex marriage.
The conclusion I came to when I had a chance to rethink this issue was – oh my, it’s like refusing to serve black people or not allowing Jews to join clubs or not wanting to live next door to Muslims or anyone else who differs from what some in society feels is the conventional norm (fill in the blanks for yourself). I say some in society because I strongly believe that most of us are past that sort of thinking or behaviour. I have hopes that if someone explained it to the Jack Phillips’ of this world, they might have a change of heart.
I’m glad that the government can’t yet regulate what people think or feel. I’m sure that if they could, they would. As a civilian, Jack Phillips should be free to have his own personal opinions, but he doesn’t have the right to put a sign up that says ‘gays not welcome or served here’.