Last year, Alan Sears was refused service by a photographer who didn’t approve of his personal values or lifestyle choices. He’s OK with that.
Six months ago, a Southern California photographer turned him down flat when he asked her to take a Christmas card photo of his family, explaining in an email, “I oppose the goals and objectives of your organization and have no interest in working on its behalf.”
That was fine with Mr. Sears, CEO and general counsel of the conservative Alliance Defending Freedom, who is leading the legal battle on behalf of photographers, florists, cake decorators and others sued for refusing to create products for same-sex weddings.
What applies to wedding cake designers asked to violate their core beliefs, Mr. Sears argues, applies equally to liberals who decline to fill certain orders to conservatives customers.
Not long ago, his argument was widely dismissed by civil rights advocates as the isolated view of a subset of far-right Christians, but that is changing. A growing number of libertarians, supporters of same-sex marriage and even gays themselves are lining up with the Arizona-based legal defense group as the issue moves toward the Supreme Court.
If a baker or a photographer refuses service to a gay couple, they can do what Mr. Sears did when the leftist photographer refused him service; find somebody else.
On the opposite side, the ACLU is arguing on behalf of the wedding cake Fascists, on the novel legal theory that people who open a business forfeit all of their civil liberties. (Reminder: The ACLU was founded with explicit goal of advancing Communism.)