These laws are appearing more and more, in just about every state; and if not, they will be. So I thought that it was time to get the "PWI" take on them.
The essence of the Laws (and PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong), is that the "State" could not punish someone if they choose to not provide a good or service based on ones Religious Beliefs. (The "Ground Zero" examples were the baker who did not want to bake a cake for a Gay couple, and Hobby Lobby not wanting to provide contraception coverage as a health benefit. There are others; but I provide these for context and discussion. Also, keep in mind that the Supreme Court decision was a narrow one, in that Hobby Lobby is a Family Owned business).
Some thoughts for our discussion:
1) I think that the challenges will be for small businesses; and medium to large Private/Family Owed Businesses. In other words, for Target and Wal-Mart it's all a non-issue; they will avoid the controversy like the plague.
2) I don't think that we will truly know the implications of these laws until they are challenged and fought in the Courts. The cases brought to the Supreme Court, again, we VERY narrow decisions.
Are the laws "fair"?
DO they open the door for "sanctioned" discrimination?