American Proscenium

The Machinery of Equality

Christians objecting to assisting with homosexual “marriage” ceremonies continue to suffer defeat in various state courts.  The most recent example comes out of New York, where a Christian couple declined to host a homosexual wedding and reception at their farm.  The Christians were declared guilty of unlawful discrimination.

New York boasts that it “has the proud distinction of being the first state in the nation to enact a Human Rights Law, which affords every citizen ‘an equal opportunity to enjoy a full and productive life.’”  The uninitiated might think this is just a modern restatement of the 18th-century idea that all men are entitled to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  But this human-rights law is no declaration that requires others merely to refrain from interfering with an individual’s lawful actions.  Instead, it creates positive rights compelling others to provide the individual with some good or service that he believes will contribute to the fullness and productivity of his life.

The statutory framework for the human-rights law declares that the failure to provide goods and services because of “discrimination, prejudice, intolerance, or inadequate education . . . menaces the institutions and foundation of a free and democratic state.”  To protect the state’s very foundation, New York has created...

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