Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Scarlet number?

Clayton Cramer has a piece at Pajamas Media on a proposal that wedding-related businesses that won't cater to same-sex couples be forced to display a sign saying so.   Cramer likens it to signs on stores in Germany reading "Juden".

It’s not quite as blunt as “Juden,” but the purpose is the same. Over at Volokh Conspiracy, professor Dale Carpenter of the University of Minnesota Law School speaks approvingly of professor Culhane’s proposal — and it’s not surprising. As one of the commenters explains: “I kinda like the idea about forcing them to post it if they are going to discriminate. Then all the young people like me, who are both more likely to be the ones having weddings and more likely to be supportive of gay marriage, will boycott the bigoted florists/dressmakers/bakers/etc. and they will all go out of business.”

Just like the goal in Nazi Germany: make a religious minority suffer financially until they go out of business.

I have always been of mixed feelings about anti-discrimination laws. On the one hand, I’m horrified that government is telling private businesses with whom to do business. I wouldn’t shop at a store that discriminated based on race, religion, sex, or national origin — but they have that right, because a government strong enough to prohibit such discrimination is also strong enough to require it. And that’s the reason why I am, in principle, opposed to such laws. But in practice, I have been prepared to tolerate them, at least with respect to race.

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