We’ve all heard the story of the Christian baker who refused to render services for a same-sex wedding. The question is how do we protect civil rights and religious rights at the same time, especially when the two clash.
Same-sex couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples. No demographic of society should be discriminated against or mistreated. At the same time, people of faith have core beliefs, and supporting certain things that are accepted by society would go against those beliefs. Disagreement does not have to mean discrimination.
I’m sure there are some people of faith who believe business is business, and providing a service to someone whose lifestyle they don’t agree with does not mean they are co-signing the way they live. There are others who feel that providing the service means that they are supporting those life choices.
I would also think that a same-sex couple would want to give their money to a business who has no problem serving them well, as opposed to someone who is being forced to although they are against it. I do understand, though, that everyone wants the opportunity to choose and not be denied because of who they are.
It’s a fine line and a potentially slippery slope on both sides of the dilemma. Not being required to provide a certain service to a select group could open the door to other services and other groups. Being forced to provide services could require faith leaders, people of faith, and houses of worship to go against religious beliefs.
I’m not sure what the solution is exactly, but I do believe that respect will lead the way. Respecting one another’s rights, both civil and religious, as well as lifestyles and beliefs is where to start. Respect each other’s decisions and recognize when it’s okay to disagree.