In a recent column, Editorial Page Editor Jon Alexander made a pretty good libertarian/First Amendment argument in support of a public accommodation being allowed to discriminate against soon-to-be-married same-sex couples who want a cake, flowers, wedding planning or photographs.

However, Mr. Alexander had to concede the same arguments can be made for not serving individuals of certain races, religions, ethnic origin or whatever. I propose that if the courts determine that discrimination against same-sex couples is legal, state legislatures should pass a law requiring such businesses to clearly advertise they will not serve the couples.

Considering that most marriages are by persons in a young demographic, people who overwhelmingly support gay marriage, market forces will decide whether discrimination is a good business plan.

Terry Solie

Bettendorf

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