Here is a link to the actual text of the bill on the Arizona State Legislature’s web site:
And here is a link that discusses the issues surrounding the bill. I don’t know if the bill is the correct approach or not. However, what I do know is that as a Christian, I should not be forced to participate in ceremonies that celebrate something that my faith teaches is wrong.
I want you to think about the following analogies:
- What if there was a vegetarian who happened to be photographer as his/her career? If a hunter or butcher came to them and asked them to do photography that was going to be used to promote killing and slaughtering animals for the meat industry, do you think the vegetarian should be forced to participate in that? Do you think the butcher or hunter should have the right to bring a lawsuit against the vegetarian for refusing to be involved? Keep in mind, there’s nothing illegal about hunting or being a butcher.
- Should a gay or lesbian individual who works in the movie making business be required to film a movie making the case against their lifestyle? Should that person be allowed to object on moral grounds without fear of legal repercussions?
- Should a member of people for the ethical treatment of animals (PETA) be required to make a film promoting the bull fighting industry?
- Likewise, should a Christian be required to photograph a celebration of an adulterous affair (which is perfectly legal)?
I’m sure there are many other scenarios that could be given. Everyone has moral convictions and should not be forced to be involved in activities that directly contradict those convictions.
The situation that had a big impact on this legislation was the New Mexico case of the photographer who refused service to a lesbian couple. You can read a commentary on that here.