Let me make it clear from the outset that I couldn't give a damn about people's sexual preferences.
I couldn't care less if a person prefers their own gender, or dresses as the opposite gender or is even in the process of becoming the opposite gender. I do despise the word "gay" but that is simply because it is the hi-jacking of a perfectly harmless word and using it to describe a section of society and making them sound like they are permanently high on pot.
I do also object to the possibility of chatting up some gorgeous female, and then when going for a grope finding a set of tackle that definitely is not female, but that's beside the point [as it were].
Sexual preference is like religion – I don't give a flying fuck what you are into, provided you don't expect me to join in.
So what am I on about, you ask?
A bakery in Norn Iron is being hauled over the coals for refusing to bake a cake proclaiming support for gay marriage.
I am solidly and 100% behind the bakery's decision.
Because that bakery is a private business and it is entirely their prerogative to refuse any customer they so wish for any or no reason.
I don't give a shite that the bakery owners are Christians or that the order was blatantly pro-homosexual. Both factors are irrelevant. The core of the matter is that a shop owner decided to turn away a customer and that is entirely his or her own right. It is certainly not the business of the Equality Commission. It is not the business of lawyers nor is it anything to do with politicians. It is none of their fucking business.
But of course in this nauseatingly politically correct world , everyone is jumping up and down and screaming discrimination. When the customer was refused, he should simply have gone to another shop, but no – he has to go whinging and whining to the Equality Commission who equally should have given him a list of alternative bakeries and told him to grow a pair.
As the Christian Institute's director says –
"It establishes a dangerous precedent about the power of the state over an individual or business to force them to go against their deeply-held beliefs."