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If a Virginia legislator with a history of opposing gay rights has his way, business owners across the state could be permitted to shut the door on gay customers. Bob Marshall, a delegate from the state’s 13th District, in the Washington, D.C., suburbs, introduced a bill last month that would make it legal for business owners to refuse service on the basis of their religious opposition to gay marriage and what the bill describes as “homosexual behavior.”
The proposed law, HB 1414, asserts that “a person shall not be required to perform, assist, consent to, or participate in any action or refrain from performing, assisting, consenting to, or participating in any action as a condition of obtaining or renewing a government-issued license, registration, or certificate where such condition would violate the religious or moral convictions of such person with respect to same-sex marriage or homosexual behaviour.”
The bill would effectively allow any person acting in any licensed capacity the right to explicitly discriminate against gay people – no matter what the consequences.
Now Marshall wants to make it so that if a Virginia barber doesn’t want to cut a gay person’s hair, it would be totally fine. It would also be legal for a doctor to refuse to treat a lesbian patient because she’s in a same-sex relationship. Businesses could put up signs prohibiting gay customers, and college professors would be allowed to refuse to teach gay students, according to Greg Nevins, a lawyer for the LGBT rights organization Lambda Legal, who fought Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban last year.
I don't know about Northern VA, but it the southern part there are lots of idiots who would support this stupid stupid idea.
John Q. Storeowner should be free to be a discriminatory idiot if he wants, without government involvement.
Do you think if desegregation was just stricken off the books and that is it, that black people would be where they are now?
Say what you want about the black community today; but without the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there would be ZERO social mobility in the black community.
originally posted by: Jakal26
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Not to seemingly be in support of this asinine garbage....I'm not. But isn't it unconstitutional to force any business (especially privately owned business) to do business with anyone in any capacity, if one chooses not to?
How is it that it is ok to force a guy that owns a store to allow into his store those he doesn't want there.
I would think freedom entailed being able to choose who comes into your place of business....
That being said, taking it to the educational level, as this implies, is just absolutely f'n ridiculous.
Besides a person opens a business to make money and to deny a customer just because they live a different lifestyle is nothing but pure ignorance.
The only way a company can deny service to a person is if that person is a threat to the other customers.