RFRA Opponent Quinn: I Would Force Someone to Serve Westboro Baptist

Former New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), a critic of Indiana’s RFRA law, said that she would force someone to provide service to the Westboro Baptist Church on Saturday’s “Up with Steve Kornacki” on MSNBC.

Quinn initially stated that she would be OK with forcing a Christian baker to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding, arguing “that baker is in a service industry. They’re interacting with all kinds of people, and I think the balance is, that person has full religious freedom. And we can’t force their church to do anything, but when their desire to embrace their religion impacts on my rights to access services, you’ve stepped over the line.”

Later in the show, she was asked by Matt Welch if she would want a baker required by law to bake a cake for a member of the Westboro Baptist Church, Quinn responded “as a baker, I’m again, providing public services, and I shouldn’t have the right to deny you, because I don’t like your religion or how you practice it.”

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