Tag Archives: public accommodations

ARKANSAS: NOM Backs Bill To Allow Businesses To Reject LGBT Customers

“In Arkansas, two courageous state legislators, Rep. Ballinger and Sen. Hester, have introduced HB1228, the Conscience Protection Act, in the Arkansas state assembly. The legislators of the state of Arkansas need to hear from you right away… ask them to support HB 1228 and protect the individual conscience rights and religious liberties of the people of Arkansas. The consequences of …

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ARKANSAS: Apple Denounces Bill To Allow Businesses To Refuse LGBT Customers

Via the Human Rights Campaign: This week, Apple Inc., the world’s second largest information technology company, issued the following statement condemning the anti-LGBT bill in Arkansas, HB 1228 – a bill that could allow any person to undermine state laws by citing their personal religious belief as an excuse to discriminate against others: “At Apple inclusion inspires innovation. Our employees …

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Crowdfund Launched For Anti-Gay Florist

It’s not clear who is behind this GoFundMe money beg, but here it is. (Tipped by JMG reader Christopher)

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Martyr Tour: Florist Goes To Fox News

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NOM Exploits Florist For Money Beg

“‘I never imagined that using my God-given talents and abilities, and doing what I love to do for over three decades, would become illegal.’ Those are the words of Baronelle Stutzman, the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland, Washington, in her letter to Attorney General Bob Ferguson. You see, AG Ferguson sued Ms. Stutzman for unlawful discrimination because she acted …

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Martyr Tour: Anti-Gay Washington Florist Speaks At Christian Broadcasters Confab

The National Religious Broadcasters convention is taking place in Nashville today, just in time for everybody there pack up and head over to CPAC in DC. Anti-gay Washington state florist Barronelle Stutzman was jut trotted out to tearfully declare that “God will not be mocked.” RELATED: Also making the rounds are the Oregon bakers.

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Quote Of The Day – Baronelle Stutzman

“Washington’s constitution guarantees us ‘freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.’ I cannot sell that precious freedom. You are asking me to walk in the way of a well-known betrayer, one who sold something of infinite worth for 30 pieces of silver. That is something I will not do. Your offer reveals that you don’t really understand me …

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WASHINGTON: Anti-Gay Florist Rejects $2000 Settlement, Prefers Martyrdom

Via the Associated Press: A florist who refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding has rejected an offer from the Washington state attorney general to settle a discrimination case by paying a $2,000 fine and agreeing to sell bouquets for same-sex ceremonies in the future. “Our state would be a better place if we respected each other’s differences, and …

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Thomas Peters Has The Florist Sadz

Barronelle Stutzman is actually many years from being an octogenarian, but that doesn’t work so well in the right’s “little old lady” scenario.

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Matt Baume On The Gay Cake Wars

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Pat Robertson Has The Florist Sadz

“This is outrageous. To tell a florist that she’s got to provide flowers for a particular kind of wedding? What if somebody wanted to marry his dog? She’s got to have flowers for that? What if there’s a polygamous situation where a guy has five wives and he wants to have five ceremonies and she’s going to be forced by …

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Erick Erickson Compares Gays To ISIS

RedState editor Erick Erickson has previously called gay Americans “terrorists.” Today he flat-out compares us to ISIS in a post about the Washington state florist. In Denmark, France, and elsewhere we have seen Islamic extremists take lives because of the Islamic extremists’ beliefs. They do not want tolerance. They do not want pluralism. They do not want to show respect …

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WASHINGTON: Anti-Gay Florist Found Guilty In Public Accommodations Case

Via the Associated Press: A judge has ruled that a florist in Washington state who refused to provide flowers to a gay couple for their wedding violated state consumer protection and anti-discrimination law. In an opinion Wednesday, Benton County Superior Court Judge Alex Ekstrom rejected arguments from the owner of Arlene’s Flowers in Richland that her actions were protected by …

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AP: 57% Say Wedding-Related Busineses Should Be Allowed To Refuse Gays

From the Associated Press: While finding that Americans narrowly favor allowing gay and lesbian couples to legally marry, a new Associated Press-GfK poll also shows most believe wedding-related businesses should be allowed to deny service to same-sex couples for religious reasons. Roughly half the country also thinks local officials and judges with religious objections ought to be exempt from any …

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Oregon Officials: Lying Todd Starnes Is A Lying Liar From Liartown Who Tells Lies

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries today called out Todd Starnes for lying in yesterday’s Fox News column about the possible fines faced by that anti-gay bakery. Via Raw Story: Starnes incorrectly reported that bakery owners Aaron and Melissa Klein could face $200,000 in fines and damages – which an official with the BOLI flatly denied in a statement …

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Tony Perkins Has The Bakery Sadz

“Make them bake cake! That’s the verdict of an administrative judge in the case of Oregon bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein. The couple, who became the brave face of America’s religious liberty clash, were informed yesterday by the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries that in the battle over marriage, their First Amendment rights no longer counted. Unfortunately for the …

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Todd Starnes Has The Bakery Sadz

“Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, and now they must pay for their crime. The question now is how much — if anything — the Kleins will be forced to pay. Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian will decide, and history proves he’s no friend of the Christian bakers. In 2013, Avakian told The …

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OREGON: Anti-Gay Bakery Found Guilty Of Discrimination, Hearing Set For March

Via the Oregonian: The long-running legal battle sparked by a Gresham bakery’s refusal to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple will proceed toward a March hearing after a failed effort to have the case thrown out. An administrative law judge has rejected an attempt by lawyers representing the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa to dismiss the case …

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VIRGINIA: Lawmakers Kill Bill That Would Have Legalized Anti-Gay Discrimination

John Riley reports at MetroWeek: A Virginia House of Delegates subcommittee dealt the LGBT community in the commonwealth a rare bit of good news after the eight-person panel rejected a bill patroned by Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas Park, Sudley, Bull Run), a longtime foe of the LGBT community, that would have essentially allowed any person or business in the commonwealth …

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HRC Slams LDS “Truce” On LGBT Rights

Via press release from the Human Rights Campaign: “Symbolically, seeing the church leaders advocating so openly for these protections will no doubt be deeply meaningful to Mormon families with LGBT members, and provide encouragement to LGBT youth in the church,” said HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow. “But, as a matter of public policy, it appears deeply flawed.” Doctors would still …

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