In Oregon recently, a business was found to have violated the civil rights of a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake. And last month, everyone was up in arms over an Arizona bill that would have made such a thing legal in that state. In light of all the talk on the subject of religious business owners or employees being forced to provide goods or services at gay weddings, despite their objections to homosexuality, David Benkof has some ideas. In a Daily Caller article headlined, "How to avoid baking a gay wedding cake and get away with it," Benkof suggests:
- A religious baker should write something like, "Marriage = One Man, One Woman" in icing on the wedding cake.
- While shooting wedding pictures, a religious photographer should wear a large button with the Bible verse that prohibits homosexuality.
- A religious caterer should make sure to tell all the guests, "This is not a real wedding."
- A religious band should change the lyrics to songs it performs, so "I'm Coming Out" becomes "Please Go Back In."
"If same-sex couples learn more traditionally-minded contractors are prepared to do just that if compelled to work the event, their gay bookings will dry up quickly—which is precisely the point. Gay couples who don’t want their weddings ruined will have to find a vendor who doesn’t object to same-sex marriage." In a response on Jezebel, Erin Gloria Ryan suggests gays and allies try a similar tactic for dealing with bigots: "Refrain from being friends with these people, or even socially interacting with them at all. Shun 'em." And if forced to interact with one because, say, they are a family member, try something like handwriting, "even though we strongly disagree about homosexuality" on any holiday cards you might have to give them. Click for her full column, or here for Benkof's. (Read more homosexuality stories.)