Tag Archives: public accommodations

INDIANA: Massive Gaming Convention Threatens To Leave The State

Via the Indianapolis Star: The organizers of Gen Con, the city’s largest convention in attendance and economic impact, are threatening to move the event elsewhere if Gov. Mike Pence signs controversial religious freedom legislation that could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples. “Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have …

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George Takei Threatens Indiana Boycott

George Takei writes on his Facebook page: The Governor of Indiana has indicated that he will sign SB101—a law that allows businesses to discriminate against customers based on the proprietors’ religious beliefs. This bill is strikingly similar to one proposed—and vetoed due to public outcry—in Arizona. Such laws harken back to a time where our society was divided, and people …

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Flipping The Script On Religious Liberty

Via press release from Truth Wins Out: “If LGBT people can be discriminated against based on faith, so can Christians,” said Truth Wins Out Executive Director Wayne Besen. “And there are millions of Americans who are not Christian and may abuse these laws to exclude people based on their Christian beliefs. This, of course, would be wrong, but in our …

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INDIANA: Gov. Mike Pence Is “Looking Forward” To Signing Anti-Gay Bill

“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.” – Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, reacting to yesterday’s overwhelming passage of the …

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LAUNCHED: Campaign Urges Indiana Gov To Veto License To Discriminate Bill

Via press release: “As a seminary graduate, this bill is deeply offensive,” said Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL. “The fact that religion is being used as a smokescreen for deeply hateful and vile sentiments by right-wing extremists, and then cemented into law, is not just un-Christian – it’s un-American.” As activist Scott Wooledge puts it: “I’ve engaged in the battles …

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LIVE VIDEO: Indiana Legislators Debate Anti-LGBT License To Discriminate Bill UPDATE: Bill Passes Overwhelmingly

Watch it here. The bill is expected to be approved but the Democrats are really going to bat for us. UPDATE: The bill has passed overwhelmingly. Gov. Mike Pence is expected to sign it immediately.

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INDIANA: Anti-LGBT “Religious Liberty” Bill Poised For Approval On Monday

As the above HRC map shows, anti-LGBT legislation continues to sweep the nation in advance of the coming ruling by SCOTUS. It appears that Indiana’s license to discriminate bill will be the next to go on the books. Dominic Holden reports at Buzzfeed: Of the 13 religious freedom bills introduced in state legislatures around the United States this year — …

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Silliest Religious Liberty Argument Ever?

In an op-ed published yesterday by the Washington Examiner, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) argue that since Chipotle can choose to only buy humanely-raised pork, businesses can choose to only serve heterosexuals. Seriously. An excerpt: It is crucial that the same freedom of conscience enjoyed by the leadership of Chipotle remain equally available to business owners …

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Pat Robertson: Public Accommodation Laws Are Destroying American Morality

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Alabama Businesses Sign Equality Pledge

AL.com reports: Continental Bakery owner Carole Griffin has been making food and beverages for the people of Birmingham for three decades, a calling that has brought her success and visibility. During that time, Griffin has always made decisions about who to hire to help at her cafes without granting preference to anyone based on their gender, sexuality or sexual preference. …

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INDIANA: House Committee Approves Religious License To Discriminate Bill

Via the Indianapolis Star: An Indiana House committee today approved controversial religious freedom legislation after those on both sides of the issue rallied in the hallways of the Statehouse. The House Judiciary Committee voted 9-4 to send the measure to the full House for consideration. Supporters say Senate Bill 101 is necessary to protect the freedom of people with strong …

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GEORGIA: Atlanta Resident Elton John Denounces License To Discriminate Bill

“Simply put, this bill is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It promises religious freedom, but let’s be clear: No one’s religious freedom is at risk! Both the Georgia Constitution and U.S. Constitution very explicitly protect this right. What SB 129 will really do is institutionalize the hate some people hold in their hearts against other people. It will turn back …

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OKLAHOMA: Democratic Rep Introduces Amendment Requiring Anti-Gay Businesses To Post Signs That Say So

Democratic Oklahoma House Rep. Emily Virgin yesterday introduced a perfect amendment to the bill that would legalize anti-gay discrimination by businesses. Via Raw Story: “Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice …

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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins To Testify Before Congress On Religious Liberty

“One of the benefits of putting conservatives in charge of Congress is that the agendas in most committees change — and issues that weren’t getting as much attention under liberal leaders are now front and center. Tomorrow [today], one of FRC’s greatest priorities, religious liberty, will be the subject of a Senate hearing in the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign …

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OKLAHOMA: State Sen. Joseph Silk Says Gays Don’t Want Others To Have Freedom

From his campaign website: A bill that I recently introduced (SB 440) would protect businesses and religious entities who run their organizations according to their religious beliefs from being forced to violate their religious convictions in their businesses. This has outraged the LGBT community and they are crying discrimination while making themselves the only “target”, in reality it has nothing …

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Joe Biden Endorses Federal SOGI Rights

Via press release from the HRC: Today, Vice President Joe Biden affirmed his support for federal non-discrimination protections for LGBT people while giving remarks at the Spring Equality Convention for the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization. Addressing the tremendous progress made for the LGBT community – from marriage equality …

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ADF Nutjobs: LGBT Rights Laws Are Just Reverse Discrimination Against Christians

From the Alliance Defending Freedom: Religious freedom and Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) ordinances are on a collision course. They cannot coexist. SOGIs prohibit discrimination in the facilities or accommodations open to the public – for example, restrooms, locker rooms, and shower facilities. Sounds pretty good, right? In practice, however, these ordinances have been used to trample over others’ religious …

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CHARLOTTE: Christians Rally Against Proposed LGBT Rights Ordinance

Follow local journalist Matt Comer as he reports from the scene via Twitter.

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Dana Loesch: Gays Could Be Stoned In The Streets Over Public Accommodations

Kyle Mantyle reports at Right Wing Watch: During the discussion, Loesch said that if America doesn’t protect the supposed “right” of Christians to discriminate against gays in public accommodations, it will eventually lead to gays being stoned to death in the streets. Loesch claimed that a lot of atheists who listen to her radio program worry that not protecting this …

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From Today’s Charlotte Observer

“Do you enjoy the freedom to live according to your conscience without being forced to promote ideas or behaviors contrary to your convictions? Do you believe men should be prohibited from using women’s restrooms? Should a gay T-shirt maker be forced to create anti-gay marriage T-shirts? Should a Muslim baker be mandated to make a gay wedding cake? That’s exactly …

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