I’m going to assume the bill is being pushed because a judge in Colorado recently told a bakery owner he had to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding or face fines and even jail time. That story got a lot of media attention and now politicians in Colorado are responding by trying to ensure the right of an individual to choose who he does business with.
The right to choose who we associate with is absolutely fundamental to freedom. Just as that baker has the choice to not support a gay marriage, (and by not support, I mean not bake a cake. I do not mean make gay marriage illegal) I have the choice to not support that bakery by boycotting it. If a customer is rude to an owner they have the right to refuse them service. If a customer makes homophobic comments, they have the right to refuse them service. The person who owns a business and provides services to others holds the right to choose not to do so. They also have to face the consequences of that - whether socially negative or positive. Forcing a business to provide a service to someone against their will is, in my opinion, a form of enslavement. Just because we don’t approve of someone’s choice does not mean it’s okay to force them at threat of fine or imprisonment to do what we would like.
Do I like what that baker did? No. I support all love and don’t want people to be in situations where someone tells them that their love is wrong. That’s why I would not support that bakery. But he still retains the right to do that. That’s how human interactions work. As the op-ed I linked above mentioned, the couple had no trouble finding a bakery to make a beautiful cake for their wedding. And perhaps they could be glad they didn’t bring their business to someone who wasn’t supportive of them. I’m not sure why someone would want to force someone to bake them a cake that they didn’t want to bake.
You’ve got the right idea. People seem to misunderstand that there are things we can and should disapprove of that don’t justify making them illegal. I may not like that my friend smokes but I don’t have the right to force them by threat of imprisonment to stop. This is a serious flaw in our reasoning as humans, and needs to be confronted and discussed more openly in schools and homes. It is not okay to make things illegal simply because we don’t like them.
And interestingly enough - this goes both ways. That baker doesn’t have the right to stop a gay couple from getting married through the threat of the law. (Even though sadly this has existed as a law for far too long) The gay couple also, however, does not have the right to force the baker to bake them a cake. Freedom of association has to go both ways.