As I've shared, the Tennessee governor this week signed a bill allowing therapists asserting religious conviction to refuse services to LGBT citizens.
And isn't it the point that no professional association should, with the embrace of the Law, make any move that tends to isolate or to stigmatize any citizen-group based on innate characteristics? I cannot imagine our not realizing how dangerously wrong these 'religious exceptions' are, were the target-population of these laws Jews ("Christ-Killers"), Hispanics ("Mud-people"), according to white supremacist religious groups, others.
This is not simply about LGBT citizens. It is about principle, what we want Law to do in a Good Society, about the nature of Law itself.
The problem with being at all cavalier about any one minority group's targeting-for-discrimination under Law is that state legislatures are wholly time-bound and fairly well whimsical, and subject to pressure from all quarters. Precedents are used to create more, and more unfairly restrictive, laws. People would ask, What was the precedent? This is such a precedent. If you tell me that Jews could never be so-targeted under Law, that blacks could not, at best you're being rather pollyannish about state governments, about American history.
And ultimately, the responsibility for a proper legal understanding and playing out of equality should never have to rest on the shoulders of targeted minority population individuals alone or even primarily.
Equality under Law requires that Law, and not happenstance, not individual will alone, be the ultimate guarantor of fair treatment.