The leader of an anti-LGBTQ group got a lesson in civil rights and discrimination when she appeared on CNN with host Michael Smerconish and whined that a restaurant had refused to serve her and her colleagues because of their stance on issues concerning LGBTQ Americans.
Victoria Cobb is a member of the Family Foundation of Virginia, which, according to Virginia Business, had their reservations canceled by Metzger Bar and Butchery after the owner and his employees objected that the group is against equal rights for all.
Smerconish began by telling Cobb:
“I know you follow the arguments as I did this past Monday in the Supreme Court on the same issue. It’s incredible the timing of all of this. Justice Sotomayor said, ‘hey, if we allow the web designer to not have to design that web for the same-sex couple, for the first time in our history we’re going to be saying it’s okay to discriminate based on gender identity, based on race, based on religion.’
“You know it’s a slippery slope argument. Would you similarly say a web designer doesn’t have to make a cake (sic) for an inter-racial marriage because they don’t agree with that from their religious point of view?”
Cobb attempted to suggest the two examples weren’t the same:
“I think we are stretching the Lorie Smith case to be something that it is not. She has a fundamental concern about same-sex marriage. It’s not the people, it’s I don’t want to write a speech. I have to literally write content and create beautiful imagery on something that violates my faith –that’s her case.
“We haven’t seen a ruling yet, it sounds favorable from what folks are saying. It is because we protect speech it is a bedrock principle. It is so important that no one, not even a paying customer compels someone else to have to say or write words they don’t agree with. I think that’s the America we want to live in.
That’s when Smerconish gave Cobb a lesson in tolerance and what it really means to be an American:
“I want to live in a world where everybody gets served. I want to live some a world where judgments aren’t made based on religious conviction. You respectfully didn’t answer me. I think the web designer could say, ‘Oh, my god, it’s an interracial marriage, I’m not designing a website.’ The baker could say ‘I’m not going to bake a cake for them.’ I want everybody to get served.”