Why should I provide a citation? I provided the citations the last 20 times you said this same exact drivel just a few days ago. But you didn't pay attention then, and I doubt you will now. If you truly care that much and just happened to miss them (several times in a row) try your post history.
This is a public discussion, i.e. a discussion in the public. For the benefit of me and everyone, I shouldn't need to dig up old conversations on other threads.
In any event, I don't recall any very convincing sources.
When you act in the public market you are no longer acting as a private citizen, but as a public accommodation. you are offering goods and services in exchange for money, be it a motel, restaurant, lawyer, or bakery.
"public accommodation" is very narrowly defined. It does not imply that business is anything but private. Business is by definition only conducted between two parties. No other party is involved.
1. a person's regular occupation, profession, or trade.
2. the practice of making one's living by engaging in commerce.
People do not lose their rights just because they get into business. Saying "you didn't have to go into business, you asked for it" is called victim blaming. That is not OK.
No person ever, in the formation of capital, in their employment, or otherwise, agreed that they could be compelled to serve another person. When the Constitution protect's someone's rights, it doesn't say "People shall have the right to..." no, it says "Congress shall make no law." Not no laws about people, or corporations, or certain races. No law.
a private citizen acting in a private manner has religious freedom.
his business does not.
A sole proprietor is a private citizen acting in a private manner.
If you do yard work for pay, sell cookies from your own kitchen, or are hired by an employer, that's all sole proprietor business: It goes on your form 1040.
And denying services for discriminatory reasons IS illegal and is not a thought crime.
Pray tell, how am I supposed to prove said "reason" that another business declined me service? They don't have to tell the truth.
You're criminalizing the act of having a bad reason for declining someone's service. Deciding different punishments for the same action, based on a person's purported beliefs, is a violation of due process. The court decided "separate but equal" was unconstitutional a long time ago, catch up to modern times please.
The basic protected classes established under Federal Law are
Note the distinct lack of sexual orientation.
In addition some states and cities have recognized other protected classes in addition to the these. For ex, in Washington DC (and a few states) you cannot discriminate on the basis of political ideology.
So it would be illegal for a Jewish bakery to decline catering for neo-nazis. Just the sort of thing I want the state doing in my name.
First, you have to be engaging in interstate exchange, as opposed to intrastate exchange.
Second, and more importantly, contracts made under duress are null and void. Even when it's the state that is forcing agreement.
e.g. You can't order a photographer to show up at an arbitrary wedding, and dictate what you'll pay them when they refuse to quote a price.
And allow me to quote what you said:
If I walked into a bakery and legally compelled them to bake a cake depicting a same-sex couple that they don't want to bake... aren't I the one imposing my values?
Are you going to answer that question or not? (I'm looking for a "Yes, I'll answer with this: I concur/dissent because...")