Huckabee Sanders: President OK With Anti-Gay Business Signs

By on December 8, 2017
Sarah Huckabee Sanders

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said earlier this week that President Trump would support business hanging signs in their windows saying that they won’t serve gay customers.

Michael Shear of the New York Times asked Sanders about the issue in response to arguments currently before the Supreme Court about a baker who is fighting a ruling that he violated the civil rights of a gay couple when he refused to bake a wedding cake for them.

“The lawyer for the solicitor general’s office for the administration said today in the Supreme Court if it would be legal, possible for a baker to put a sign in his window saying we don’t bake cakes for gay weddings. Does the president agree that that would be ok?” asked Shear.

“The president certainly supports religious liberty and that’s something he talked about during the campaign and has upheld since taking office,” Huckabee Sanders replied.

Shear continued to press his question, and asked if the President would approve of business hanging anti-gay signs in their windows as means of expressing their “religious liberty” in dealing with customers.

“I believe that would include that,” said Huckabee Sanders.

It has barely been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed, which outlawed, among other things, “colored” water fountains and “whites only” businesses. If the Trump administration gets its way, America would go back to a new form of segregation where businesses could be “straights only” and discriminate against homosexual customers.

This pivotal case before the Supreme Court will go a long way in deciding what kind of country this is going to be for the foreseeable future. Will it be one where gay people have the same rights as others, or will it be a country where the evangelical right gets to shape our government in its theocratic image?

It’s clear which one of those scenarios the president is rooting for.