Bill would allow businesses to deny service to homosexuals

Apr 25, 2013 Full story: KVAL-TV Eugene 55

Several Republican lawmakers filed a bill Thursday seeking an exemption to the state's anti-discrimination laws just weeks after legal action was taken against a Richland florist who denied service to a gay couple for their upcoming wedding.

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“Some people are gay - get over”

Since: Apr 08

Reading PA

#1 Apr 26, 2013
Why does the GOP constantly think that discrimination of ANY sort is a GOOD thing?

“Married 6/17/08”

Since: Feb 07

Porterville, CA

#2 Apr 26, 2013
"Brown argued that the bill is not intended to undermine the law or the rights of gays and lesbians in the state and isn't a commentary on same-sex marriage."

Yeah, right. Why is the Republican Party opposed to progress?

“Equality for ALL”

Since: Jul 10

Massachusetts

#3 Apr 26, 2013
It is my "sincerely held religious beliefs, philosophical beliefs, or matters of conscience to deny service to republicans...[insert your group to be hated, feared, here]

Since: Dec 08

Toronto, ON, Canada

#4 Apr 26, 2013
Customer: "I'd like to buy this orange."
Muslim Shop Owner: "You picked it up with your left-hand."
Customer: "Of course, I am left-handed."
Muslim Shop Owner: "The left hand is unclean. It is only to be used for wiping you ass. Get of my store!"
Anonymous

Philadelphia, PA

#5 Apr 26, 2013
ahh the GOP - they never miss a chance to sink Lower
Rainbow Kid

Alpharetta, GA

#6 Apr 26, 2013
"There's a glaring lack of protection for religion in state law," she said
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Umm! Epic FAIL
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How do these soaring morons ever get elected to public office?
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First; there is the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act which outlawed discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and also women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public; known as "public accommodations"
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Second; there is the 1948 United States Supreme Court Wall of Separation decision that provides absolute separation of religion from government nationwide:
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"We find that the basic Constitutional principle of absolute Separation was violated when the State of Illinois, speaking through its Supreme Court, sustained the school authorities of Champaign in sponsoring and effectively furthering religious beliefs by its educational arrangement."
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"Separation means separation, not something less. Jefferson's metaphor in describing the relation between Church and State speaks of a "wall of separation," not of a fine line easily overstepped. The public school is at once the symbol of our democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common destiny. In no activity of the State is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than in its schools, to avoid confusing, not to say fusing, what the Constitution sought to keep strictly apart. "The great American principle of eternal separation" -- Elihu Root's phrase bears repetition -- is one of the vital reliances of our Constitutional system for assuring unities among our people stronger than our diversities. It is the Court's duty to enforce this principle in its full integrity.
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We renew our conviction that:
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"we have staked the very existence of our country on the faith that complete separation between the state and religion is best for the state and best for religion."
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If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, "good fences make good neighbors."
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Warren

Bratislava, Slovakia

#7 Apr 26, 2013
I hope this bill passes!!!
Tea Bag Residue Cleanup

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Apr 26, 2013
Deny service to those who covet, take the lord's name in vain, disrespect their parents if "sin" concerns you.

Then go out of the business the same week.
Brian

Attleboro, MA

#9 Apr 26, 2013
"The government is now saying if you have a conviction about an issue that we happen to disagree with, then you as a business owner are going to be fined or shut down because of that," he said. "People should and do have the right to their own convictions."

That should work both ways then. If an atheist does not want to provide business to a religious nut, then they shouldn't have to.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#10 Apr 26, 2013
It's the last dying gasp of the sore losers......

This bill will go nowhere and just reaffirms how anti-gay most GOPasaurs still are.

Since: Dec 08

El Paso, TX

#11 Apr 26, 2013
My rights end where yours begin, your rights begin when mine end.

It's called equal rights for a reason.

DNF

“Judge more and you love less”

Since: Apr 07

Newark OH-Baltimore MD-S.Fla

#12 Apr 26, 2013
The first thing I noticed about this bill is that it protects the special rights religion enjoys under federal law. Very clever. Write a law that says you can use religion to discriminate in order to avoid charges of religious discrimination.

It will be interesting to watch people who oppose hate crime protections do all sorts of mental gymnastics to explain how this isn't a SPECIAL RIGHTS bill.
JOEZIP

Constantia, NY

#13 Apr 26, 2013
NO type of dicrimination should ever be allowd, and these people who have denied their services to Gays and are listed as a "professional business" should have these business licences permanently revoked.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#14 Apr 26, 2013
It seems that Republicans constantly target gays to discriminate against. If it were an interracial/interfaith/Jewish/ Muslim/Atheist couple that florist denied service to based on her religious conviction no one would be sticking up for that form of discrimination.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#15 Apr 26, 2013
The wording of this bill would just go to prove why sexual orientation needs to be a protected class under federal law. ENDA NOW PLEASE! Even if sexual orientation is not a protected class federally it is still protected in Washington state law and would this new bill conflict with that? Wouldn't sexual orientation still be protected from discrimination in the state of Washington regardless if the new bill passes or would this new bill "nullify" protection for gays by making it unenforceable if someone could claim that the discrimination is back up by their religious beliefs? So this new bill would make it okay to discriminate against gay couples but not interracial or interfaith couples correct? I don't see how this new bill can say that they will only follow what is federally protected and screw the minorities that are only protected on the state level. How can a new state law supersede a state law protecting a class of people and make it unenforceable?

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#16 Apr 26, 2013
Wouldn't they have to repeal the state protection for sexual orientation in order for the new law to allow for the goal they are trying to achieve? This new bill is just blatant animus, oppression, and discrimination against all LGBT Americans and citizens of Washington. How does a belief get more rights and protections than the way one is born?! How pathetic America has become!

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#17 Apr 26, 2013
Again, this bill doesn't have a chance of passing. Everyone is getting worked up over nothing.

If anything it shows their desperation now that they lost the battle for marriage.

The GOPasaurs have to do SOMETHING to appease their bigot base.

Since: Aug 08

Location hidden

#18 Apr 26, 2013
Look what is going on in Florida right now:

DANGEROUS ANTI-GAY RIGHTS BILL RACING THROUGH FLORIDA LEGISLATURE

http://gayusathemovie.com/2013/04/dangerous-a...

I haven't seen it talked about very much in the news though.

“Headed toward the cliff”

Since: Nov 07

Tawas City, Michigan

#19 Apr 26, 2013
equalityboy81 wrote:
Look what is going on in Florida right now:
DANGEROUS ANTI-GAY RIGHTS BILL RACING THROUGH FLORIDA LEGISLATURE
http://gayusathemovie.com/2013/04/dangerous-a...
I haven't seen it talked about very much in the news though.
Sounds quite similar to what Colorado tried to do and was already overturned by the SCOTUS (Romer).

“hellshade”

Since: Jul 07

Location hidden

#20 Apr 27, 2013
Rainbow Kid wrote:
"There's a glaring lack of protection for religion in state law," she said
.
Umm! Epic FAIL
.
How do these soaring morons ever get elected to public office?
.
++++++++++
First; there is the 1964 Federal Civil Rights Act which outlawed discrimination against racial, ethnic, national and religious minorities, and also women. It ended unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public; known as "public accommodations"
++++++++++
.
Second; there is the 1948 United States Supreme Court Wall of Separation decision that provides absolute separation of religion from government nationwide:
.
++++++++++
"We find that the basic Constitutional principle of absolute Separation was violated when the State of Illinois, speaking through its Supreme Court, sustained the school authorities of Champaign in sponsoring and effectively furthering religious beliefs by its educational arrangement."
.
"Separation means separation, not something less. Jefferson's metaphor in describing the relation between Church and State speaks of a "wall of separation," not of a fine line easily overstepped. The public school is at once the symbol of our democracy and the most pervasive means for promoting our common destiny. In no activity of the State is it more vital to keep out divisive forces than in its schools, to avoid confusing, not to say fusing, what the Constitution sought to keep strictly apart. "The great American principle of eternal separation" -- Elihu Root's phrase bears repetition -- is one of the vital reliances of our Constitutional system for assuring unities among our people stronger than our diversities. It is the Court's duty to enforce this principle in its full integrity.
.
We renew our conviction that:
.
"we have staked the very existence of our country on the faith that complete separation between the state and religion is best for the state and best for religion."
.
If nowhere else, in the relation between Church and State, "good fences make good neighbors."
++++++++++
how do these soaring morons get elected?

because bigger morons vote for them,obviously

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