Letter to the Editor: Gilbert’s bill defends Constitution

Del. Todd Gilbert’s bill is an excellent piece of legislation that defends the Constitution.
The U.S. Constitution protects our rights to believe what we want to believe. Whether that belief is morally or socially acceptable is completely irrelevant. We Americans have unalienable rights to, “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” as outlined in the Declaration of Independence.
We are free to choose to pursue our happiness in any way we choose, as long as it does not infringe on the rights of others. Del. Gilbert is not infringing on the rights of homosexuals and self-proclaimed transgenders. He is simply defending freedom of thought.
While we as Americans may have differing points of view, we still must honor one another’s respective rights and privileges. Additionally, privately owned businesses are not subject to the preferences of societal norms. Americans have a right to do business with whom they choose. That means that a Christian-owned entity is permitted to refuse homosexual customers, and a homosexual-owned business is allowed to refuse service to Christians.
This is not bigoted; this is freedom.
Furthermore, consumers denied service can simply take their business elsewhere. If a homosexual couple is denied a wedding cake, they should go to another bakery instead of whine about a Christian-owned business operating their entity as led by their faith.
Del. Gilbert’s bill defends the right of Americans, religious and nonreligious alike, to live their life and operate their businesses freely. In order to defend the Constitution, uphold the three unalienable rights, and affirm freedom, it is of the utmost importance that this legislation be supported and ultimately signed into law.
Brett Jones, Quicksburg