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FRC: Anti-Gay Businesses Shouldn’t Have To Sell To Gay People

March 30, 2012 2:16 pm ET by Carlos Maza

On Thursday, the Family Research Council (FRC) made an addition to its ever-growing list of rights and benefits that it believes should be denied to LGBT Americans.

In the March 29 edition of the group’s Washington Update, FRC told the story of a Lexington, Kentucky company that entered a bid to produce t-shirts for the city’s gay pride festival. Upon being told it had been selected, the company backed out of the deal, declaring “we’re a Christian organization.” The group in charge of the pride festival filed a complaint with the city’s Human Rights Commission.

Needless to say, FRC is not amused:

Just because it sells to the public doesn't mean it has to surrender its private views. Like any business, Hands On has the freedom to establish its own criteria of conduct and conscience.The same applies whether the clients are Planned Parenthood, the Ku Klux Klan, or baby seal hunters. And in this instance, the Adamsons' Christian beliefs aren't the only thing opposed to the homosexual agenda. So is Kentucky law. Neither civil unions nor homosexual "marriage" are recognized by the state.

Not surprisingly, the Left still insists that personal morality take a backseat to its radical agenda. Whether it's a t-shirt company, wedding photographer, or the church, homosexuals will not be satisfied until they compel us to either spread their perversion or promote it. Unfortunately for these activists, the Constitution doesn't award its rights on the basis of political correctness. And until that changes, [co-owner] Blain Adamson has as much freedom to reject homosexuality as his customers do to endorse it. [emphasis added]

Comparing LGBT people to baby seal hunters and members of the KKK is enough to remind anyone why FRC has been labeled an anti-gay hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center. What’s even more horrifying is recognizing how far FRC would go to deny LGBT people even the most basic legal protections.

Opposing marriage equality, open military service, and employment non-discrimination laws is par for the course for many anti-gay groups, but FRC’s ideal for how LGBT Americans should be treated is far outside of even ‘mainstream’ conservative thought. If LGBT people aren’t going to be thrown in jail or exported out of the country, the least FRC could ask for is that they be denied the ability to purchase basic goods without fear of discrimination.


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