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07/08/2013

Actually, NOM, nondiscrimination is an American freedom

by Jeremy Hooper

On the 5th of July, the National Organization For Marriage posted yet another entry into its new "gays vs. America" folder:

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[NOM Facebook]

Okay, let's break this down. When NOM talks about these wedding-centered businesses doing "business in accordance with their faith beliefs," what they are really talking about is the supposed right of these shops to arbitrarily pick and choose which kinds of customers meet their morality tests. NOM and its supporters are seeking the freedom to determine that a gay customer and his or her same-sex wedding are too unbiblical for commerce. This is not an overstatement—it is, by their own admission, what they want. They want the freedom to flout nondiscrimination laws (which are independent from marriage) when those laws apply to LGBT citizens and our legal unions/ceremonies.

Is that really in accordance with the America we'd like to cultivate? Is this really the best way for us to move forward? Is this, the wanton use of faith belief as it applies to this one specific kind of moral objection, the way we are going to best build communities that value their diverse populations? Is a special exemption for an anti-gay cake baker's non-rainbow-filled piping bag really an American value?

Personally, I am more that comfortable with the public raising of these and related questions. NOM clearly thinks it is on to something with this whole campaign to make wedding vendors seem like the poor and downtrodden. I, however, think this effort—coupled, as it is, with this side narrative that pits gays and allies against our nation—will leave NOM staffers with a baker's dozen of eggs all over their discrimination-happy faces.

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