That is a tough one. You have the right to hold those beliefs, but an employer can't discriminate. I suppose you could say you fired an employee because their support of homosexuality was damaging to your business. I am not exactly sure of the legality there.
Just like they shouldn't be able to fire someone for their non-support of homosexuality. It goes both ways. It's called equality.
As for my own opinion, its all about the end result. What does it accomplish? I am in favor of someone like Sterling being removed, because his opinion is one that excludes a segment of the population based on race. I wouldn't be in favor of your business policy above because I feel it promotes an opinion that excludes a segment of the population based on their views toward sexual orientation.
So you want it your way, but nobody else's way because you think one moral issue / human rights issue is more significant than the other? So you want to force me to think one way toward a certain group of people and run my business accordingly? Maybe you should rethink what you just wrote.
I think I get where you are coming from. You want the freedom to say whatever you want and conduct your business as you see fit, and you don't want to be excluded or penalized for your opinion. That makes sense. But if the opinion, rule, law, policy, or belief system that you are trying to protect is one that excludes someone based on race or sexual orientation, I don't think that is defendable.
I think we should be more inclusive of others, not exclusive, and that is what needs to be protected for the very reason you brought up. What if one day I am in an extreme minority? I wouldn't want to be excluded.
I don't want the freedom to say what I want to say, I demand it as it's given to me through the Constitution of the United States of America. And my point about running a business that you're missing Rodney is that equality isn't for just one side of the moral fight. Equality of opinion isn't just for you or Mak or for me, it's for every human. Regardless of race, sexual lifestyle, their support for gay marriage, gay relationships, abortion, religous beliefs or whatever else.
You want the freedom to express what you want to say and the freedom to react how you want in certain moral situations, like racism and homosexuality, but you want to throw the book at people like the NBA owner and Mak becaus you feel their opinions are "outdated".
But if the opinion, rule, law, policy, or belief system that you are trying to protect is one that excludes someone based on race or sexual orientation, I don't think that is defendable.
So tell me how you're going to defend your position on Mak's opinion being antiquated? You are excluding him and his rights since you think the majority of society will one day feel a certain way that he doesn't. Again, hypocrisy. It goes back to being OK as long as the fight is on your side.
You can't have your cake and eat it too.