How do you respond to curbs on religious freedom?
What about those who provide wedding services and believe that gay marriage is not just a bad idea for society, but consider it an “abomination”?
Consider the following tactics to help you comply with the law (or its interpretation) as it currently exists while keeping your wedding-services business open. The basic principles could even be adapted for wedding service providers of a libertarian bent.
What am I talking about? Branding, baby! Imagine driving around town with a service van that reads:
Adam and Eve Photography
Specializing in Traditional Biblical Weddings
Below that, a favorite Bible verse: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them . . . And God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply.’”—Genesis 1:27, 28
If you suspect such a mobile billboard will mark you as a ripe and immediate target for the gay-marriage mafia, you’re right. And at this point a game of chicken begins.
When you’re contacted to shoot the photos for a gay engagement or marriage, and know that TV cameras are waiting outside the shop to capture your evil, horrible, discriminatory response, you’ve got to be willing to say, with composure and sincerity: “Sure, Adam and Eve Photography will shoot any wedding, anywhere, anytime. It’s the law!”
Cake Baker? “Bread of Life” Bakery or perhaps “Manna from Heaven” Bakery. There are plenty of other Bible verses to put on your service van, as well, such as Romans 1:26-28, or Leviticus 20:13.
DJ? “Here at ‘Hetero Harmonies,’ we believe in the traditional union of one man and one woman, and our music library reflects the biblically sanctified roles God created in Eden. It’s all we do.” Throwing in a “Praise the Lord!” might not hurt, either.
And that’s when you have them right where you want them.
Would any gay couple actually hire you to show up in your Bible-thumping van? They could, and you’d have them sign an agreement that makes it clear that for marketing purposes you always wear a T-shirt with your business name and favorite Bible verse and distribute flyers under the windshield wipers of wedding guests—flyers that both summarize your services and outline your traditional-marriage beliefs.
Would gay-marriage-sympathetic hetero couples then boycott, or badmouth you enough to tank your business? Perhaps. But you will also attract other couples who agree with traditional marriage and want to stick it to the social engineers as much as you do.
Donating some percentage of profits to environmental organizations has become a widespread marketing practice to attract lefties, those with a vague sense of guilt about Western prosperity, and even non-political consumers who think, “I like camping! Yay, streams and bears!” You, too, can use such affinity marketing to attract the customers you want and avoid the ones you don’t.
A service van plastered with bumper stickers for your favorite Republican candidates will function as garlic and crucifixes against those wanting to extract the blood cells of your conviction.
If you’re not currently a member of or contributor to national or state organizations that lobby for and promote traditional marriage, it’s time to join. And your business card, service van, website, estimate sheet, and invoices should all make it clear that you donate some percentage of profits to such organizations.
Nothing says you have to limit the advertising of your donations to pro-traditional marriage organizations. Proudly touting your membership in organizations like the National Rifle Association, Eagle Forum, and Heritage Foundation would likely repel much of the same crowd. And a service van plastered with bumper stickers for your favorite Republican candidates will function as garlic and crucifixes against those wanting to extract the blood cells and marrow of your conviction for their own political ends.
I support gay marriage, even went to one 11 years ago. But if I attended the nuptials of Adam and Steve or Madam and Eve, and saw the Sodom and Gomorrah Catering van pull up (“Fiery Salsa with Brimstone Crabs”), I would stand up and applaud. Just as I would have applauded David against Goliath or Daniel against the lions. Gays have gone from persecuted to persecutors, bullied to bullies, so fast, many people still mistake them for the former when the evidence is very much the other way.