Admittedly, I’m no expert in state or federal law. Here’s what I’ve heard: the Governor of Indiana signed a bill into law that allows shopkeepers to decide whether or not they sell their goods or services to gay people. Haven’t read the full law yet, but have some intriguing questions:
- How does a shopkeeper know who is gay or straight? Is there a manual, handbook, or secret sign that they look for as shoppers enter the door? Or maybe we should mark or tattoo every LGBTQ person to make them easier to identify (sound familiar)
- How does a gay person know that s/he is not welcome into a particular shop? Seems as though shop owners who won’t sell to the LGBTQ community should have to post a sign outside their doors, “Heterosexual Customers Only.” The other shopkeepers could post a sign “Love One Another,” or not, as they please.
- Does this law mean that shopkeepers can discriminate JUST on the basis of gender identification and/or whatever they consider ‘gay,’ or does it mean that each and every shop owner can sell ONLY to those of whom they approve? What if you’re Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslin, Atheist or Hindu? Black, white, brown, or any variation? Men, women, gender neutral?
And has anyone heard of the phrase ‘slippery slope?”
This law is so UnAmerican that I cannot believe that any State official has the right to supersede our constitution which proudly proclaims “Men (hopefully with the understanding that this includes women) are all created equal.”
If you live in Indiana, regardless of whom you choose to love, frequent stores that spread love….and not hatred.
If you own or manage a company doing business in Indiana, get out. Let the American people, and the world, see that we have indeed, learned from the past. That this may indeed be the first rudimentary step to segregation that we know can lead to unspeakable horrors. “When they came for the homosexuals, I did nothing because I wasn’t a homosexual.” Regardless of who you love, all we have to do is love one another.
Must it be this difficult.