In arguing for the baker's First Amendment rights, Jay Ambrose ("The right to not design a cake," Dec. 11) inappropriately frames the issue just like others have before him: He compares the design for a wedding cake to the design for a political cause (a cake for a rally against gay marriages).

Another flawed argument is that baking a wedding cake for a gay wedding was just the same as asking a Jewish baker to produce a cake with a swastika on it. No, in both cases, it's not.

The comparisons really involve opposites. On one side, love, and on the other, hate. Irrespective of the participants, a wedding is only about love; and who is against love?

The better comparison is a restaurant, a hotel, or any other service business that offers services to individuals. Those service businesses have good cause to deny services to disruptive or violent patrons. But not just for being gay. Or black. Or Muslim.

Since its founding, America has dealt with discrimination. One by one, the barriers are knocked down, and rightfully so. Oh, we still have the right to have our own opinions. I don't deny the baker's right to his opinion even if I do see it as misguided. But if a baker wants to participate in a community by baking cakes, he should be grateful to do so for the entire community.

Allen Thompson, Bakersfield