a reply to: Puppylove
I think there are several ways to achieve a mostly
inclusive and diverse marketplace, including the use of government regulation and
legislation that encourages and enables nondiscrimination.
Incorporation Charters: Corporations are fictional legal entities given government privileges and entitlements.
Just as the government must
serve ALL equally and equitably -- due process and equal application of the law -- we can and should require corporations receiving special
entitlements and privileges to do the same. If they want to exercise their free will and autonomy to discriminate, okay... but no entitlements and
Tax Code: We give all kinds of tax breaks to businesses/corporations for acting and/or performing in certain ways, we can do the same for those
businesses/corporations that practice nondiscrimination in both their hiring and customer service. If you don't want to hire a man who identifies as
a woman, okay. But those businesses/corporations who do choose to do so will get some perks in the form of tax credits/deductions.
Truth in Advertising: If a business chooses to discriminate, okay, but will be required under truth in advertising laws and regulations to disclose
this fact to their customers. And then customers can choose whether or not they wish to patronize that company, or take their hard-earned dollars
elsewhere. The customer has the right to discriminate as well. We also have the right to decide that if, for example, "Cakes R Us" doesn't want to
bake a cake for our sister's lesbian wedding, then we don't want them to bake a cake for our mother's birthday. Create a symbol or glyph or something
that must be used on all advertising, storefronts, etc., clearly stating that they will not serve XXX.
Small Business Loans: If there is a need for more businesses to serve consumer interests, use the Small Business Administration to grant loans, etc.,
to develop and establish businesses that will refuse to discriminate. Perhaps prioritize those loans, or offer lower interest rates.
There should be some exceptions though to nondiscrimination practices. For those businesses that provide life-sustaining services or products, such
as healthcare, then non-discrimination laws are appropriate and proper.