Separate is never equal when it comes to marriage.
The linked story is about a NH vote to reject a bill that would allow wedding providers (caterers, photographers, etc) to withhold goods or services based on the personal religious belief of the provider.
The measure sought to allow business owners to withhold wedding-related goods and services if they believe it would violate their conscience or religious faith. While the bill does not specifically list gay couples, a January hearing on the bill made it clear they were being targeted.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Jerry Bergevin, a Republican from Manchester, has previously said that his bill “would hardly have any effect on same-sex marriage in New Hampshire, as there are many businesses in New Hampshire.”
Much like what happened for African Americans, when the racist whites didn’t want to have to deem them as equals, they created a two-tier system of goods and services with white-only and black-only categories. Now, the bigot’s attempts is to do the same but with straight-only and gay-only discrimination.
The more frightening part of bills like this however, is considering the door it could open. We know that underneath the anti-same-sex marriage facade is just blatant rejection of gay people- of being gay as an acceptable sexual orientation. If wedding providers can be considered for exclusions and allowed to discriminate, what is to stop restaurant owners, employers, health care providers…
Too often, within some parts of the LGBTQ community, there is a belief that fighting for same-sex marriage helps only a small part of the whole rainbow community. But in reality, it is all one fight- one struggle for full acceptance and equality.
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