WaPo Column: "Don't Cater to Bigots"


A seminary professor rejects religious liberty protections (in the context of the New York marriage debate) on the grounds the law should not "cater to bigots."

Columns like these raise the question: is the purpose of gay marriage to be able to use the power of government to exclude and marginalize dissenters? Are the negative consequences for religious liberty a "bug" or a "feature" in their eyes?

A religious exemption for caterers? Really? Doesn’t this expose the fundamental contradiction between “religious exemptions” and equal civil rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people? If you include catering, a completely contractual and voluntary arrangement to provide food services, in a “religious exemption” clause, you are just catering to bigotry instead. -- WaPo's On Faith Columnist Susan Brooks