Originally posted by Darth_Prime
reply to post by Zaphod58
i was referencing it to make a point, refusing to take the pictures because they are a Same sex couple is discrimination under law, and multiple
people said a store has the right to refuse service,
a man gets told to leave a restaurant because his animal, so that would mean this restaurant has the right to refuse service?
Ah, but you are blurring the lines of both instances.
The state the photographer was working in does not legalize gay marriage. She was punished, and precedent set, for 'discrimination' against a gay
(not the people, but the event), when her own state has not validated gay weddings. That was injust, in my opinion. Nothing to do with
her opinion or their gayness, everything to do with demanding a business proactively obey a policy that does not even exist in their state.
In this case, the man has valid documentation of the dog as a disability companion and the state the restaurant owner was working validates disability
laws. Nothing to do with his opinion or the dog, everything to do with demanding a business proactively obey a policy that DOES exist in their
If it's a law for business, you obey it if you wish to stay in business. If it is not a law, there is no reason to have to obey it. By shifting the
focus to this being an issue of the business owner's "opinion"
-- rather than the business owner's requirement to abide by the state's own
-- you create a comparison between these two events, but that is not the point which should be under debate in either case.
Every individual has the right to their opinion. A business entity granted license by the state is required to abide by the state's policies for
business. That is all.
PS#1: Separately though I think anybody refusing a veteran with a service dog deserves to be shunned by social response even if the law does
PS#2: But I agree dogs are not ideal in food environments. But it is the law. So, just like it costs a lot more money to arrange ramps and large
bathrooms for wheelchairs and prime parking spaces, perhaps a restaurant should arrange one seat in a far back corner in case of guide dogs. The law
is the law, as inconvenient as it may be.
edit on 31-8-2013 by RedCairo because: (no reason given)