Upsala Republican activist Aleta Edin, who challenged Minnesota Seventh District Congressman Collin Peterson in 1998, is completely concerned about religious freedom.
In Where does the Christian Right go?, a letter to the Morrison County Record, Edin frets that same-sex couples will force their menu choices on Jewish delis:
. . .This may be a long battle and will require Christian people to support and vote for candidates in the next election who will support, uphold, fight and vote for religious freedom laws which protect people’s right to say “no.”
If a same sex couple entered a Jewish deli and ordered ham and cheese sandwiches for a wedding reception, would the Jewish deli be forced to provide them or risk being sued or fined?
Whatever happened to separation of church and state? Marriage is a religious institution and the Supreme Court just stepped into religion. What’s next? Polygamy?
Bluestem suspects that kosher delis (or halal markets) would probably be able to give the same answer to the same-sex couple that they've given to straight couples ordering ham: not on the menu. But refusing service on the basis of the buyer's sexual identity? That's been against the law in Minnesota since 1993.
Photo: A ham and swiss sandwich.
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