KATU reports: “The Oregon Equality Act of 2007 prohibits discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. The statute includes public accommodations, such as businesses.” Oregon businesses aren’t permitted to discriminate based sexual orientation. Got it.
However, the State of Oregon is not subject to this law, as it does not recognize same-sex marriage. So, just as in the case of Elaine Huguenin, the photographer in New Mexico sued for refusing service to a same-sex couple, a State government is persecuting an entrepreneur for discrimination in an isolated case. Meanwhile, this same institution engages in identical discrimination, except on a massive scale.
Regardless of one’s position on gay marriage, the sick irony of a case like this should be obvious. At least with photographers and bakers one has plenty of competing options available; not so when an organization claims the authority to regulate everyone’s personal lives.