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As usual, current events (in this case, the Indiana "religious freedom" law) demonstrate a key difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives are worried about nonexistent problems (Rush Limbaugh brings up bestiality), whereas liberals want to prevent actual harm to people (see the bigot pizzeria that will deny service to LGBT customers).

Crystal O'Connor, who runs the business [Memories Pizzeria], told local news outlet ABC57, "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no," because it was not reflective of their Christian values.

In doing so, O'Connor insisted such a move would not be an act of discrimination, as many critics of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act have argued. "I do not think it's targeting gays," she said. "I don't think it's discrimination. It's supposed to help people that have a religious belief."

Hillary Clinton tweeted about it:

"Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn't discriminate against ppl bc of who they love #LGBT

and Conor Friedersdorf went on to complain about the misdirected zeal gay-marriage converts:

The biggest affront to gay equality in America today is the fact that same sex couples in 13 states are still prevented from marrying. [...] So it is strange to see Indiana, where same sex couples can and do wed, emerge as the focus of national controversy on gay rights.

He notes that Indiana's "sad" position today is far more progressive than Clinton's own stance was just a few years ago.

As best I can remember, I have never opposed gay marriage. It's a policy that never even occurred to me until I came across an Andrew Sullivan piece on the subject. His eloquence sold me from the start. I began arguing in favor of gay marriage with my grandparents at dinner. I've kept arguing in favor of it for the entirety of my career as a professional journalist, even early on when I had editors and bosses who vehemently opposed it. Over the years, I've watched a lot of people shift from opposing to supporting gay marriage, as have we all.

His complaint that "Bill Clinton signed, and Hillary Clinton supported, federal laws that blatantly discriminated against gays" is an oversimplification: both DOMA and DADT were half-measures intended to prevent greater discrimination from being written into law.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence backtracked a bit on the pizzeria, saying "I believe in my heart of hearts that no one should be harassed or mistreated because of who they are, who they love, or what they believe. And I believe every Hoosier shares that conviction" but the O'Connor family comes in for heavy fire from Daily Kos:

You have done a great job showing exactly why this law is so awful, the kind of mean-spirited bigotry it was passed to enable, and the degree to which all of Pence's talk of the Golden Rule and how Hoosiers are too nice to discriminate has been a shameless lie. You are the perfect voice for this, which is to say you are abhorrent, un-Christian people.

Of course we know the likely next chapter of this story: the O'Connor family goes whining to the right-wing media about how mean people have been to them (on Yelp, for instance) since they bravely expressed their bigotry and announced their intention to discriminate. Cry me a damn river.

One can always count on Bryan Fischer's "big gay" nonentity:

Big Gay is not about "marriage equality" but "homosexual supremacy" https://t.co/vSbofmnc1O #Vimeo -- Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) March 31, 2015

Fox "News" complains about "these [gay] groups that are so outraged and indignant over a law that Bill Clinton supported in '93 and Barack Obama supported."

Meanwhile, CNN debunks the 'god-vs-gays' narrative by noting a Pew poll's finding that "57 percent of Catholics and 59 percent of black Protestants believe wedding-related businesses should be required to serve all customers."

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