But if you're a business owner you are required to follow state anti-discrimination laws. You don't just get to choose which kinds of customers you're going to serve, and which you aren't.but if you're a florist in washington st.... someone will try to sue you if you wish to choose to abstain from participating.
The use of the word "participating" seems to be out of place. Bridesmaids "participate" in a wedding. Ushers participate. The father of the bride, the officiator, the Best Man. THESE people actually participate.
But florists? Bakers? Photographers? These people are EMPLOYEES. They are NOT "participating" in the wedding. They are beholden to state consumer laws. They are over-estimating their part in a wedding, if they call it "participating".
Who else may "abstain from participating" in the business world, based on how they view the general public? Can a bank deny service to gay customers? Hotels and motels? Gas stations? Grocers? Doctors, hospitals and pharmacies? Are there any limits?