From the private right to sodomy to the public right to force others to celebrate homosexuality against their will, have gay rights activists crossed the line from victimhood to bully?
As you read this, bear in mind that New Mexico does not recognize same-sex marriage. Also, remember that by its very nature, a same-sex marriage discriminates against a gender.
Vanessa Willock filed a complaint against Elane Photography for refusing to photograph her “commitment ceremony.” The New Mexico Human Rights commission sided with Willock and the photography business was forced to pay $6,600 in legal fees.
George Will writes about the case at the Jewish World Review:
Elaine Huguenin, who with her husband operates Elane Photography in New Mexico, asks only to be let alone.
But instead of being allowed a reasonable zone of sovereignty in which to live her life in accordance with her beliefs, she is being bullied by people wielding government power.
Elaine Huguenin says that she is being denied her right to the “free exercise” of religion guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment and a similar provision in the New Mexico Constitution. Furthermore, New Mexico’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act defines “free exercise” as “an act or a refusal to act that is substantially motivated by religious belief” and forbids government from abridging that right except to “further a compelling government interest.”
So New Mexico, whose marriage laws discriminate against same-sex unions, has a “compelling interest” in compelling Huguenin to provide a service she finds repugnant and others would provide? Strange.
The Huguenin case demonstrates how advocates of tolerance become tyrannical. First, a disputed behavior, such as sexual activities between people of the same sex, is declared so personal and intimate that government should have no jurisdiction over it. Then, having won recognition of what Louis Brandeis, a pioneer of the privacy right, called “the right to be let alone,” some who have benefited from this achievement assert a right not to let other people alone. It is the right to coerce anyone who disapproves of the now-protected behavior into acting as though they approve of it, or at least into not acting on their disapproval.
So, in the name of tolerance, government declares intolerable individuals such as the Huguenins, who disapprove of a certain behavior but ask only to be let alone in their quiet disapproval. Perhaps advocates of gay rights should begin to restrain the bullies in their ranks.