The fallout from the lack-of-decision from the Masterpiece Cakeshop case continues to vex the LGBTQ community. The Daily Beast tells us…
But as a recently-decided Hawaii Supreme Court case should remind us, anti-LGBT groups don’t just want to make it legal to deny wedding services to LGBT people, they want to make it legal to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity in virtually every area of public life.
As the Associated Press reported, the Hawaii Supreme Court last week rejected an appeal from Phyllis Young, the owner of Aloha Bed & Breakfast, who had argued that she should be able to turn away a lesbian couple because of their sexual orientation.
The couple, Diane Cervelli and Taeko Buford, didn’t come to Hawaii to get married—or even as part of their honeymoon. Rather, as Lambda Legal notes, they had come to Honolulu to visit a friend and her new baby. This was a clear-cut case of a religious-based service refusal that had nothing to do with a wedding.
The theocrats are empowered now and they are going to challenge everything. They have the anti-choice playbook to follow, and it will be a steady stream of chipping away at civil rights to allow outright bigotry and legal discrimination.
As we said at the time, give a theocrat an inch they will take a cubit.