Tag Archives: public accommodations

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Gives Go-Ahead To Mississippi Law Legalizing Anti-LGBT Discrimination

The Associated Press reports: A federal appeals court says Mississippi can start enforcing a law that will let merchants and government employees cite religious beliefs to deny services to same-sex couples. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed a judge’s decision that had blocked the law before it could take effect last July. U.S. District Judge Carlton ...

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OKLAHOMA: Senate Panel Advances Republican Bill To Ban Local LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinances

NPR Tulsa reports: An Oklahoma senate panel approved a bill Monday to prevent city and county governments from outdoing state laws on employment and public accommodations. The bill initially prevented local governments from going further than any state law. A committee substitute focused it on employment and public accommodations laws. Senate Bill 694 author Sen. Joshua Brecheen [photo] sparred with ...

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WASHINGTON: State Supreme Court Rules Unanimously Against Anti-Gay Florist Barronelle Stutzman

The Associated Press reports: The Washington state Supreme Court has ruled that a florist who refused to provide services for a same-sex wedding broke anti-discrimination laws. The nine justices posted their unanimous ruling on Thursday. Barronelle Stutzman, a florist in Richland, Washington, had been fined by a lower court for denying service to a gay couple in 2013. Stutzman had ...

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Anti-Gay Christian Bakers Lose Bid To Take Appeal To Supreme Court

The Guardian reports: Northern Ireland’s attorney general cannot refer back to the supreme court the case of a local bakery fined for refusing to bake a gay-themed cake. John Larkin QC’s legal bid to get the supreme court to review court rulings against Ashers Bakery was deemed to have come in too late, Northern Ireland’s lord chief justice said on ...

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KENTUCKY: Hate Group Tells Appeals Court That T-Shirt Maker Didn’t Discriminate Against Lexington Pride

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports: A lawyer for Lexington-based Hands on Originals told a three-judge panel of the Kentucky Court of Appeals Tuesday his client objected to the message on a 2012 Lexington Pride Festival T-shirt but does not discriminate against gays or same-sex couples. Jim Campbell, a lawyer with the nonprofit Alliance Defending Freedom, said Blaine Adamson, the owner of ...

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Republicans To Re-Introduce Bill To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination Nationwide Because Donald Trump

Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Sen. Mike Lee of Utah will reintroduce a bill next year to protect people and corporations that hold a religious objection to same-sex marriage, a spokesman for his office told BuzzFeed News, adding that the political climate amid Donald Trump’s presidency will give the legislation a better shot at advancing than it had the past ...

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MINNESOTA: Hate Group Recruits Christian Couple In Attempt To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination [VIDEO]

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports: A St. Cloud husband-and-wife film company is challenging the constitutionality of Minnesota’s human rights act, arguing that they will be punished for refusing wedding services to same-sex couples. In one of the first challenges since same-sex marriage became legal in Minnesota in 2013, Carl and Angel Larsen’s Telescope Media Group filed suit Tuesday in federal court ...

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INDIANA: Haters Win First Battle To Overturn Local LGBT Rights Ordinances And Legalize Discrimination

The Indianapolis Star reports: Conservatives overcame the first hurdle in their lawsuit that aims to overturn the “fix” to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and four city ordinances that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. In an order issued Wednesday, Hamilton Superior Judge Steven R. Nation rejected claims from the cities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Bloomington and Columbus ...

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LIVE VIDEO: Washington State Supreme Court Hears Appeal By Anti-Gay Florist Baronelle Stuztman

At this writing the attorney for Alliance Defending Freedom is speaking. Via CBN News: The Washington State Supreme Court will hear the case today of a Christian florist who declined to provide flowers for a gay wedding. A lower court judge ruled last year that Barronelle Stutzman, owner of “Arlene’s Flowers” in Richland, Washington, violated an anti-discrimination law. The two ...

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Tony Perkins Celebrates Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s Campaign To Legalize Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Yesterday nine states, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, filed a federal appeals court brief in support of an on-hold Mississippi law that would legalize anti-LGBT business discrimination. This morning hate group leader Tony Perkins lavishes praise on Gov. Phil Bryant’s appeal. Via press release: Governor Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) has enough on his plate. He shouldn’t have to do ...

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Texas Leads Nine States In Federal Appeals Court Demand To Legalize Anti-LGBT Business Discrimination

The Austin Statesman reports: Joined Thursday by Republican officials from eight other states, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton urged a federal appeals court to reinstate a Mississippi law that had been struck down as discriminatory against gay and transgender people. The Mississippi law, Paxton told the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a legal brief, was intended to protect ...

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NORTHERN IRELAND: Anti-Gay Bakers Lose Appeal

The BBC reports: The Christian owners of a Northern Ireland bakery have lost their appeal against a ruling that their refusal to make a “gay cake” was discriminatory. Appeal court judges said that, under law, the bakers were not allowed to provide a service only to people who agreed with their religious beliefs. Two years ago, the family-run firm refused ...

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Rachel Maddow Laments Missed Debate Opportunity To Hit Mike Pence On His Anti-LGBT Views [VIDEO]

During MSNBC’s post-debate analysis, Rachel Maddow lamented that Tim Kaine failed to confront Mike Pence on his history of supporting virulently anti-LGBT policies, including his demand that “gay cure” funding be attached to an HIV/AIDS bill. As you surely recall, Pence opposed the repeal of DADT, opposed same-sex marriage, and signed a bill that would have permitted Indiana businesses to ...

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NORTH CAROLINA: The Daily Show Pranks Locals With A Food Truck That Refuses To Serve Gays [VIDEO]

The Raleigh News & Observer reports: Comedy Central’s The Daily Show came to Raleigh recently to poke fun at House Bill 2 by operating a food truck that refused to serve gay people. The show parked a fake barbecue business called Bone Bros. Flamin’ BBQ outside Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue and the Ruby Deluxe bar on Salisbury Street earlier ...

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Pew Research Survey: 51% Support Trans Bathroom Rights, 49% Support LGBT Public Accommodation Laws

Bustle reports: In case you needed a reminder that the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage didn’t fix all the problems facing the LGBTQ community, a recent survey by the Pew Research Center has found that just half of Americans support transgender bathroom access according to gender identity, rather than biological sex. The finding comes as part of more general ...

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Trump Taps Frothy Mix For Catholic Advisory Group, Vows To Legalize Anti-LGBT Business Discrimination

Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade: In one fell swoop, Donald Trump has fortified the anti-LGBT positions he expressed over his campaign and tapped as an adviser former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, a two-time presidential candidate with a notoriously anti-LGBT history. The actions are the result of Trump’s creation of a 35-member Catholic Advisory Council, which includes, in addition ...

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COLORADO: Hate Group Files Federal Suit To Overturn Statewide LGBT Business Protections Because Jesus

The Alliance Defending Freedom just got smacked down in Phoenix but they’re trying again in Colorado. Denver’s ABC affiliate reports: A Christian woman claims Colorado law violates her ability to deny business to supporters of same-sex marriage and has filed a federal lawsuit seeking to overturn the laws on the basis they violate the U.S. Constitution. Lorie Smith, who owns ...

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MISSISSIPPI: Federal Court Rejects State’s Bid To Enforce Anti-LGBT Hate Law During Appeal Process

BOOM. Another win for Roberta Kaplan. Chris Geidner reports at Buzzfeed: A federal appeals court on Friday denied Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s request that the state be allowed to enforce a recently passed anti-LGBT religious exemption law while the state appeals a trial court’s order halting enforcement of that law. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, in denying the request ...

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Liberty Counsel Yanks Support For FADA Because New Language Also Legalizes Anti-Straight Discrimination

Two weeks ago the Family Research Council abruptly withdrew its support for the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) because of new language that also legalizes discrimination against married straight couples on the basis of “religious belief or moral conviction.” Today the Liberty Counsel did the same. Via press release: In response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling on ...

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COLORADO: Hate Group Petitions SCOTUS On Behalf Of Baker Who Refused To Serve Same-Sex Couples

Via press release from Alliance Defending Freedom: A Lakewood, Colorado, cake artist who declined to use his artistic talents to create a wedding cake celebrating a same-sex ceremony asked the nation’s highest court Friday to take his case and rule that the government cannot force him to communicate a message with which he fundamentally disagrees. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys have ...

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