…inherently, these two things do not contradict each other. How? Through freedom.
Every business should have the right to refuse service to anyone at anytime for any reason, and have legal protection to do so. This includes this so-called “discrimination” based on religious grounds. It’s your business, run it as you wish.
Every gay couple should have the right to enter into a marriage and have legal protection to do so. It’s your life, live it as you wish.
These can co-exist and these ideals can be exercised harmoniously. The freedom to exercise your values and beliefs so long as it does not negatively affect anyone else.
The antagonism between the two, however, originates when one of these groups intends to force their beliefs and values on everyone else, via the law.
When LGBT groups seek to force everyone to “accept” their way of life and using the law to do so – there the antagonism begins.
When the religious groups seek to force their values and beliefs on everyone else, using the law to do so – there the antagonism begins.
Here again, both sides are wrong.
Do we ever expect to see a resolution to this pointless conflicts with these attitudes?
The purpose of the law is not to endorse a certain set of values or beliefs and then to force it on the rest of the society. No, the purpose of the law in this argument is only to remove obstacles to making free choices.
That, and everything in an issue like this is said and done only for political gain.
Fighting “anti-gay” legislation makes left leaning voters happy, the social issue voters – those voters who do not apply logic in their politics.
Pushing for “Religious Freedom” legislation makes right leaning voters happy, the religious issue voters – those voters who do not apply logic in their politics.
Both sides rely upon their feelings to make political decisions, and who also would like to make their personal feelings law. Thus is why we will never see a resolution to this particular debate.