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Stop with the false witness–bearing, Focus on the Family!

by Jeremy Hooper

Barronelle Stutzman, a Washington state florist, denied requested service to a pair of customers simply because the wedding for which the gentlemen requested the arrangements was a same-sex union. But what does that business owner's choice become when it is put through the spin machine over at Focus on the Family's Citizenlink?

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False. In every way false. I don't care if you believe gay couples should be denied of every wedding service they seek. The fact of the matter is that this "Washington grandmother" (ahh. she's a grandmother? No way could she do wrong!) has put herself in the position she is in because of her ACTIONS. A-C-T-I-O-N-S. Not beliefs.

Kim Trobee's headline makes it sound like the state of Washington is going into local businesses and raiding them simply because the proprietors hold certain views. And that is of course the mental imagery that Focus on the Family and the rest of the pro-discrimination movement is trying to cultivate. They refuse to acknowledge the practical realities of public accommodations, the body of nondiscrimination law that has long limited the kinds of discrimination that a public accommodation may show, and the particular bout of discriminating (action verb) that these high-profile business owners chose to perform. They do this because this is how the anti-gay movement has always operated. Whatever the script, they flip it so that someone else is supposedly the antagonist while they are simply the infallible innocents who are somehow more immune to scrutiny and fair application of fairly enacted laws simply because they own a bible and use their highlighters to isolate certain portions of Leviticus.

The anti-gay movement knows that Americans understand discrimination and find it ugly. So they are lying in order to mask the ugly truth of what they want. Just because they say "God" a lot in the midst of these lies, it doesn't make the witness-bearing any less fallacious.

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