But a company can deny service based on the type of clothing one is wearing. Like the typical "No shoes, no shirt, no service" signs. Is that not discriminating against that group of people? I understand that you cannot deny service to people based of there skin or discriminating. The problem is that the "discriminating" word covers a lot of things. People need to be more descriptive in how they utilize such words. And if anything the owners are saying they are unable to fulfill a service due to their religious beliefs. They are not denying them service. In fact they said that they would offer them any thing else from their p;lace of business. But now they gays are prosecuting the owners based on their religious belief that they should be married. If they can do that why can't the owners say they can't marry them because they don't believe it is right?
I have not read the entire thread but bits and pieces. I'm quoting your response because of what I read it seemed quotable and appropriate. Please don't take this as an attack on your stance.
I think a priviate business should be able to conduct business as they see fit and people can patronize their business or not based upon the owners actions. However, if they typically rent out their place of businees for weddings and such I find it hard to agree that they should not rent it out to this "couple". As a Catholic my religious veiw is against what they are trying to do but I think the government protects them (the gays)just like it protects me to worship as I see fit.
Using the religious argument IMHO does not give you much ground to stand on. Under this same argument could you not argue that your "insert religion" believes all blacks/jews/muslims/ect. to be demonic and therefore you don't have to serve them? I think gay marrige is a hoax and they should be going after civil unions instead, but it is still not right to discriminate against them.
If these people/owners felt so strongly against gays because of their religious belief then they would not offer to sell them art or any other service because of their beliefs. They are trying to cover their arse by saying we would sell them something.
If they said that they are against gays and would not sell to them nor allow them in their place of business then I would have an easier time accepting their argument (wrong as it may be) but since they stated that they would sell items to them the religious argument falls short of thier greed.