Center for Arizona Policy is deeply committed to protecting the family and creating awareness about the harms of pornography. Over the years we’ve worked to pass legislation to protect children from exposure to online pornography, like the 2012 law that required public schools and libraries to have online filters. Our friends at the Arizona Family Council have been a tremendous ally to expose the harms of porn.
This week an Oregon based bakery owned by a Christian family announced that it would be closing shop after being harassed by the LGBT community for declining to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa said that the closure came on the heels of immense pressure by the LGBT community through death threats, protests, and boycotts.
“The LGBT attacks are the reason we are shutting down the shop,” said Aaron Klein, the owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa.
“They have killed our business through mob tactics.”
Klein explained this wasn’t a matter of “homophobia” rather it was about his family’s personal beliefs. “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman. I don’t want to help somebody celebrate a commitment to a lifetime of sin.”
This isn’t the first instance of Christian business owners feeling the pressure of forgoing their deeply-held religious beliefs.
Last week, I was on air with KPXQ’s Tom Brown discussing the launch of the City Election Voter Guide at azvoterguide.com and the same-sex “marriage” initiative that may be on the 2014 ballot. Tom also baited me into discussing some baseball talk on the air, and being an avid baseball fan trying to see a game in every baseball stadium in the country, I couldn’t help but indulge him.
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decisions on the much-anticipated Proposition 8 and Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) cases.
CAP played a lead role in passing Arizona’s 2008 marriage amendment, which constitutionally defined marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Neither of these rulings significantly affects our state’s marriage amendment.
There is a lot to sort out still regarding the impact of the two marriage decisions on DOMA and Prop 8 from the U.S. Supreme Court today.
If you’d like to a review a short legal analysis of these two opinions, Alliance Defending Freedom has provided these two resources that we highly recommend:
Just as important as what the Supreme Court did do in these cases is what it did not do.