According to Indiana law, which will take affect next July 1st, breaks the separation of church and state in a manner that is shocking:
Solemnization of marriage in violation of this article
Sec. 5. A person who:
(1) is authorized to solemnize marriages by IC 31-11-6; and
(2) solemnizes a marriage in violation of this article;
commits a Class C infraction.
As added by P.L.1-1997, SEC.3.
In other words, if you are legally capable of performing marriages in the State of Indiana and you perform a gay marriage, you commit a Class C infraction (“A person who commits a Class C misdemeanor shall be imprisoned for a fixed term of not more than sixty (60) days; in addition, he may be fined not more than five hundred dollars.*“) Really? And, two sections down, there’s this:
Solemnization of marriage between persons prohibited from marrying
Sec. 7. A person who knowingly solemnizes a marriage of individuals who are prohibited from marrying by IC 31-11-1 commits a Class B misdemeanor.
As added by P.L.1-1997, SEC.3.
If you perform a gay marriage, you commit a Class B misdemeanor, which can result in 180 days in jail and a $1000 fine*. I’d like to mention that this is not only against the Constitution of the United States of America – it is, also, hypocritical. One of the right-wing arguments against gay marriage is that it is against their religion (which isn’t true). But, if they believe in religious freedom, how can they possibly support a law that restricts religious freedom?
Oh, who am I kidding? Anti-Gay people would give up their own freedom in order to harm gay people. They’re truly crazy!
Just Cookies, which operates in a City run market in Indiana, turned away a gay student group that wanted to purchase rainbow cupcakes for a National Coming Out Day party. The owner citied that the company is family owned business and that they have “two young, impressionable daughters and we thought that maybe it would be best not to do that.”
Okay, on one hand, I see a business owner turning away customers and that is his right. If he wants to lose business because of his own morals – what’s the big deal?
On the other hand, I think if you’re in a city-run market space, then you’ve given up the right to discriminate against a customer because you don’t hold their beliefs. Would the city tolerate a Christian business owner turning away customers because they want a Star of David on their cupcakes?
Finally, I think the business owner did more harm than good to his business. Turning away this student group has brought him the kind of publicity that, in this economy, will do him more harm than good. Did he really need people to know his own anti-gay beliefs? He might have gay customers or gay-friendly customers that will no longer shop at his bakery.
For example, I love the kringle from O&H Bakery here in Racine. I purchase it once every 13 weeks to bring to work on my treat day. I spend around $30.00. As far as I know, O&H Bakery is family owned and operated. But, if they turned away a student group wanting rainbow cupcakes, I would switch to a different bakery or find something else to bring in on treat day. Sure, they’d only lose $120.00 per year, but if other gay people did the same thing, that might add up to thousands of dollars.
I believe this business owner has made a huge mistake in order to keep to his own moral standard.
See the video here.