Penn Jillette on Indiana RFRA: ‘You’re Not Being Forced to Have Gay Sex’ – Hit & Run : Reason.com


In the following excerpt, Nick Gillespie, editor in chief of Reason.com, makes a principled point that seems lost on progressives:

“The doctrinaire libertarian position runs in the other direction: For the most part, rights to voluntary association trump claims a person or group might make on your business or service. However you feel about that, Penn [Jillette] hits on an inarguable truth too:

I mean, the free market should be able to take care of this faster than anything.

“That much is not open for debate in at least two important ways. First, in all the accounts I’ve read about businesses turning away customers who wanted something related to a same-sex wedding, the businesses expressly and without issue served gay customers in other contexts. So they were not refusing to serve gays per se. Second, in each instance, there were plenty of other businesses to which customers could turn for service. The market has indeed generated businesses that are very happy to cater to gay and lesbian couples.”

(via Penn Jillette on Indiana RFRA: “You’re Not Being Forced to Have Gay Sex” – Hit & Run : Reason.com)

That being said, yesterday I also reblogged Jonathan Rauch’s piece at Time.com, which commended Utah’s version of RFRA over Indiana’s version.

 

 

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