The veto of the anti-gay law in Arizona may have settled the issue for the moment in that state — although bigotry always needs feeding and I’m sure the proponents of the law are planning a comeback. But the people on the losing end of it are still saying that the law was not really that big a deal and that if there are businesses like bakers or florists who don’t want to participate in a same-sex marriage ceremony, you can always find another one who will.
That’s not the point.
Aside from the practical matter that not everyone lives in a place where you have a lot of bakers or florists to choose from, the idea of having to choose where to shop shouldn’t be based on a social policy — separate but equal — that was supposed to have been killed off sixty years ago. It is, in the words of the United States Supreme Court, inherently unequal. It doesn’t work for public education, public accommodation, or city planning, and it shouldn’t work for catering and decoration.
More to the point, though, is why should the burden of proving to be worthy up to the customer? No one should have to prove anything to a business other than their honest ability to pay for the services purchased. Anything else is a big mistake.
The only time that anyone should have to find another baker or florist is when the first one has gone out of business because they’re bigoted assholes and no one — gay, straight or anything — doesn’t shop there anymore.