The idea was that if we all just went along with the very fair idea that gay people could get married, there would be the standard American respect for conscience, and no one would be made to do something against their religious beliefs. Doubting that advocates were sincere in this assertion was considered a bigotry in itself.
Well, Round One. I get it that this is different. This is a for-profit wedding chapel service, those outfits that once only existed in Nevada, but now seem to be in other tourist burgs as well. I can see the logic that if you've got a roadside wedding chapel, like a drive-through restaurant, it is something like a public accommodation. Not the same thing as threatening to put Father O'Malley in jail.
I just don't believe it will stop there.
I believe that most LGBT and LGBT-friendly folks meant it when they made their promises over the last 10 years. I think they meant it when they said they weren't interested in forcing their beliefs on others. I also think that most of them don't support the idea now.
I also believe they will not do one damn thing to stop it. They will look the other way, and have so much of their time taken up with fighting homophobia that they will have no time for rights of conscience.
I take that back. Andrew Sullivan and some others have been logically and morally consistent at times, and deserve some credit for it. There will be a few. It won't change anything, but there will be a few.