Generally, I don’t think laws should be based on morality. I feel this way because I acknowledge that morality is an individual standard. You might think it’s moral to declaw your cats. I might not. You might think it’s moral to drink a caffeinated beverage. I might not. On that basis alone, I don’t think it should be illegal.
I think the exception to this is regulating the “morality” of businesses. Despite what Romney would have us believe, a corporation or a business is not a person. I own a sole proprietorship, and although that’s probably the company form closest to a person, I know I’m not two people. I shouldn’t get to vote twice after I’ve been in business 18 years, and I don’t think my husband should be labeled a bigamist. Because it’s not a person, it doesn’t have the same responsibilities or conscience. For most corporations, their goal is to make money. I’m not saying this to be cynical. I’m saying this because this is their obligation to their shareholders. That is why I don’t give a shit when the Civil Rights Act took away a company’s “freedom” to make some of their patrons sit at the back of the bus (actually, I do give a shit. The shit I give says “damn right!”). I don’t think freedoms are for businesses in that sense. I don’t think they have the right to discriminate. I am free to start my own business and to run it to maximize profits on the condition that my company’s “freedom” doesn’t impinge on the freedom of a real person who has goals and responsibilities other than just money.
With that introduction,I give you Todd Akin thinking it’s ok to pay women less because hey, freedom of contract.
I do not place the “freedom” of a non-person over an individual’s constitutional right to equality.