Originally Posted by Gibonius
I'm picking a particular real world example to highlight the consequences of this stance. "I can't buy a cake from the vendor I like!" is easily trivialized, but the very obvious problems of mass discrimination in the not too distant past aren't. I don't think society is going to agree that "Well, it's ok because anyone
can be discriminated against!" is much reassurance.
Let's not pretend that the government doesn't play a heavy hand in forcing discrimination. Jim Crow laws forced private businesses to discriminate.
Especially in today's world of social media, internet news, etc, you would not get much discrimination of business owners. Would some people refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings? Yes. Would some businesses refuse to serve black people? Yes. Other businesses would serve those customers though.
Look at what happened when Target gave money to a Republican gubernatorial candidate: they had boycotts and protestors and all the negative publicity.