Christian Videographers Suing to Serve Only Hetero Weddings
In recent years, gay marriage has become legal throughout the United States. It seemed to happen overnight, but actually involved a gradual transformation of the culture. Advocates of same-sex marriage won the public over by citing the freedom of association. Consenting adults ought to be able to enter into any relationship they want, the argument went.
Of course, that argument has a corollary. Adults also have the right to deny consent, to refuse when asked to interact. We can't have it both ways. If you have the right to associate, then you have the right to refuse association. There is no separating the two. They are opposing sides of the same coin.
Despite that clear incontestable truth, government has tried to have it both ways under the auspices of anti-discrimination law. Two gay individuals now have the right to get married. But a vendor asked to service their nuptials cannot legally refuse. That presents a glaring hypocrisy in the law which must be resolved.
A couple from Minnesota has risen to the task. From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
A St. Cloud husband-and-wife film company [Carl and Angel Larsen's Telescope Media Group] is challenging the constitutionality of Minnesota's human rights act, arguing that they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples.
Their lawsuit says the Larsens are trying to break into the wedding industry, but want to shoot weddings only for heterosexual couples. The Larsens want to advertise at wedding expos and on websites but Minnesota's current law, they say, would force them into producing videos "promoting a conception of marriage that directly contradicts their religious beliefs." They argue that their right to expression is being "chilled and silenced" by the state.
The Larsens' claim is obviously correct. No one should be forced to provide support services for an event which violates their religious views. Indeed, no one should be forced to provide anything under any circumstances. Slavery has long been abolished.