Unfortunately, business owners are confusing religious beliefs with what's permissible business activities, says Judge Eugene Hyman, after learning about a flower shop turning down business to a gay couple for their marriage ceremony. A retired Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara, California, Hyman says that religion is protected with respect to marriage.
Hyman says this is seen a lot in hospitals, where, for example, a catholic hospital must provide contraception to its patients even if it's against the church's religious beliefs on contraception. Case law repeatedly supports this, he adds.
The recent Supreme Court decision with gay marriage has nothing to do with these principles. Discrimination is the issue, says Hyman.
Hyman also thinks the Supreme Court decision is bringing to public consciousness in terms of what is going on socially as far as what is or isn't permissible and it's working its way down to more common street situations. Hyman is also encouraged by what the Pope has to say on the matter.
Honorable Judge Eugene Hyman has received numerous awards and recognition for his work with families and children and has appeared on numerous television news shows. For more information, visit www.judgehyman.com. He is also a featured commentator on The Family Law Channel and The Legal Broadcast Network.