Kasich Dismisses the Florists, Bakers and Photographers

February 23, 2016

by Maggie Gallagher


Ohio Gov. John Kasich (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (photo credit: Michael Vadon via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0)

I don’t know how to describe this, except to say the truth. A handful of believing Christians have sacrificed their family’s livelihoods by being unwilling to facilitate gay weddings. Gov. John Kasich describes this (falsely) as being unwilling to serve a cupcake to gay people:

“I think frankly, our churches should not be forced to do anything that’s not consistent with them. But if you’re a cupcake maker and somebody wants a cupcake, make them a cupcake,” he said. “Let’s not have a big lawsuit or argument over all this stuff — move on. The next thing, you know, they might be saying, if you’re divorced you shouldn’t get a cupcake.”

No, Gov. Kasich, this is not about us being unwilling to give a cupcake to either a gay person or a divorced person. It’s about something far different and worse: the entire establishment — Democrat and Republican — being willing to stand down while the Left redefines Christian (and other faith community views) as bigoted and hateful. Where are you, Gov. Kasich?

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.


Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

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8 comments on “Kasich Dismisses the Florists, Bakers and Photographers”

  • rshseattle says:

    Maggie can never be honest about discrimination.  She’s pro-discrimination, but doesn’t want to be labeled as the bigot that she is.

  • jk105 says:

    @PositiveOne Although your bigoted justification for discrimination was once used by photographers and bakers in the ’60s to not serve interracial couples.   Right Wing Religion was used then, too, in order to  denigrate couples that some people hate.   

    Sin indeed!

  • PositiveOne says:

    No photographer or baker objected to giving a cupcake to or photographing people who are gay. The objection was to participating in a same-sex “wedding” ceremony. People shouldn’t have to photograph a divorce party either if they object. Or a ceremony in a mosque. That’s entirely different from saying I won’t serve you the identical cupcake (or pizza) that I give to others, but I’m not celebrating your sin with you.

  • OutnProud says:

    What about adulterers? (Exodus 20:17) Fornicators? (Corinthians 6:18) People who wear mixed fibers? (Deuteronomy 22:11) Do they get a cupcake? Shrimp eaters? (Leviticus 11:9-12) Maybe they don’t eat cupcakes so it doesn’t matter. 

    Who gets a cupcake if you follow your Biblical, Christian religious freedom???

    It’s all terribly confusing.

  • jk105 says:

    So you are saying that the brute force of government should deny opposite sex couples their religious freedom and civil rights because, as you say, equality is insanity. That is a unique viewpoint. Tell it to Lincoln.

  • DocKimble says:

    Holding opposite things to be equal is insanity. Trying to make everything equal is impossible.

  • jk105 says:

    Gov. John Kasich http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/22/politics/john-kasich-increased-media-attention/ this (accurately) as being unwilling to serve a cupcake to gay people.

  • Gary W says:

    Let’s say you are a holy roller and you are cheating, or have cheated on you spouse…should you get a cupcake?

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