Re: “Sides rally support after florist refuses gay couple” (TNT, 4-12).
The Richland florist case isn’t just about freedom of religion. It’s about state officials imposing an unfair burden on conservative Christians working in the wedding industry.
It is reasonable for the state to expect retailers to sell their goods to the general public without regard to the ethnicity, religious beliefs or sexual orientations of their customers. It is not reasonable to expect vendors to provide goods or services for events that are inconsistent with their goals or values.
Artists, entrepreneurs and independent contractors have the right to choose …