posted on Jun, 8 2018 @ 07:05 PM
Here's how I think the law should be interpreted :
A bakER has the right to refuse service to any client because they are an individual human being and are entitled to freedom of beliefs.
A bakERY - meaning an entire business or subsection of a business that specializes in baked goods - does not have the right to discriminate against
any clientele because it does not have the same rights as a human being and is subject to nondiscrimination laws.
So, if you're a bakery manager and the best baker in town is a Jehova's Witness that doesn't do birthday cakes or Christmas cakes, you can hire them,
but you also need to hire another baker that WILL make birthday/Christmas cakes.
If a bakery is a sole proprietorship or all your employees hold similar beliefs, then the bakER or manager who knows they will refuse service has to
make that publicly known in their ads and signage outside the business who exactly they will refuse service to, and also be able to give the name of
at least 1 other baker/business that will do such a job within 50 miles.
So if you do business in the middle of nowhere, you either be of service to all clientele in your area, or you're breaking the law. If the area is
remote enough you might not even have to have your beliefs challenged. You can skirt the law and hope you don't get caught until you relocate, if you
so choose, but the penalty for doing so should be fines that would go into entrepreneurship support for minorities. Then minorities who want to own a
business could apply for grants from that fund to open businesses in under-served areas.
And nobody would ever be forced make those tacky genitalia cakes if they don't want to as that can just be "not a service we offer" because those
would, I'm guessing, require specialized pans. But if you DO want to make those kinds of cakes, you can't restrict that they only be sold to certain
types of people, unless you can recommend another business that WILL cater to that need. So, you wouldn't be forced to offer a service you wouldn't
normally provide anyways.
The goal is to have service for all while protecting freedom of individuals. But that's just my opinion on how to reach a compromise on the issue.