Tennessee politics behind the scenes
Considering the offensive content of the message, I would think that any company would have the agency to refuse to make that cake. I think it is well within a business's right to have a policy by which they refuse to put messages on their products which contain offensive language.
Offensive to whom?Who decides what is offensive?Perhaps a court clerk finds it offensive to put the message that one man is "married" to another man on a marriage license.But then those folks were threatened with losing their jobs by Mitt Romney's executive order in Massachusetts. I guess he decides by fiat what they find offensive.....or else.
I think its fine to refuse gays service based on religious beliefs. But what about divorced people, or folks that have used contraception? Could they be refused service as well? It's in the same Bible. I've got to think about that.
Under TN state law anyone at any business can refuse service at anytime without offering a reason. So no. The gay baker would not have to bake the cake. This was the whole reason the bill got thrown out, because we already have laws in place that do the same thing. Only difference is they don't allow you to discriminate. You can at any time say "I do not want to, nor have to, do business with you". The bill you were hoping to pass meant someone could say "I don't want to do business with you because of who you are". You are out of context to post this.
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