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Joanna Duka and Breanna Koski, owners of Brush & Nib Studio sued Phenix because of their anti discrimination laws. Duka and Koski says that the law would force them to serve gay customers which takes away their religious freedom. This lawsuit arose even though no one has requested them for a gay wedding nor has anyone filed any complaint. Duka and Koski's lawyer, Jonathan Scruggs says that 'Brush & Nib lawsuit is about protecting not just Christians, but all American artists from having to create art that is inconsistent with their views." Their case was a long and heated one but in the end LQBTQ rights prevailed and continued with not allowing discrimination.
Jack Phillips, a Colorado baker, argues that he has a right to turn away gay customers because of his religious beliefs. He states how the first amendment lets him have a free exercise of religion and how that allows him to turn away customers who do not fit in with his beliefs. He also says how he refuses to write any profanity or anti American messages. The lawsuit against him caused Phillips to stop making wedding cakes overall so he doesn't have to make one for a gay couple, but Phillips felt like this wasn't enough so he brought this problem to the supreme court. This fall the supreme court will get together and decide if businesses like Philips can turn away gay customers.
Jay Michaelson, a writer for the Daily Beast, states how Mike Pence is attempting a losing battle. Pence is trying to allow workplace discrimination which Michaelson says is both bad for the economy and morally unjust. " If you’re trying to attract the most qualified employees, telling 5 to 10 percent of them that they might be discriminated against isn’t a great recruitment strategy." Michaelson writes in his article Mike Pence, Trump’s Likely VP Pick is Too Anti Gay, Even For Republicans. Michaelson states how even anti gay republicans would rather have no workplace discrimination and save money then have workplace discrimination and lose money. Studies state how workplace discrimination in Idaho had caused a 60 million dollar lose in the economy. He states how even if you are against gay rights allowing discrimination hurts the economy. There is still discrimination allowed in certain states but the LGBTQ community is still fighting for acceptance.
Barronelle Stutzman was rejected by the Washington Supreme Court when she stated that she wasn't discriminating gay couples even though she refused them service. In 2013 Robert Ingersoll walked into her store asking for flowers for his wedding. Stutzman refused him service because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ."
She believes she is protected by the first amendment and has the freedom of speech so she can turn away gay customers. The Supreme Court argued how arranging the flowers is conduct not speech. Stutzman also attempted to say how her religion is protected by Washington's constitution but the court rejected that argument as well. Stutzman is one of many business owner whose religious beliefs and discrimination collide in a messy heap and the Supreme Courts are left to decide right from wrong.
On March 26, 2015 Mike Pence signed a bill that allowed business owners to turn away gay customers. He says that business' have religious freedom and can turn away gay customers if it is against their religion to serve them. "The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action," Pence argued. His bill caused many conventions to stop hosting in Indianapolis due to the discrimination the bill allowed. Though the bill doesn't specifically say the word gay it still allows gay discrimination.
Matt Walsh, writer for the thought catalog, says that business owners can refuse service to gay people. He claims how The "innocent business owners are put in a compromising position when they chose to follow the dictates how Christianity." Walsh further goes on to say how gays face no discrimination and should are actually celebrated by the press. He continues his argument by saying how gay people should just go on and find a different business and not whine about it. Walsh says how he believes that forcing business to serve gays is Tyranny . He then wraps his argument up by saying how the government is forcing Christians to give up their beliefs and fall in line. "Tyranny is still tyranny, even when it comes wrapped in tolerance and “human rights.”"-Matt Walsh