Tag Archives: public accommodations

UTAH: LDS Church Backs LGBT Rights In Return For Stiffer Religion Carve-Outs

Via Salt Lake City’s Fox affiliate: In at least one big and bruising culture-war battle, the Mormon church wants to call a partial truce. Convening a rare press conference on Tuesday at church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Mormon leaders pledged to support anti-discrimination laws for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people, as long the laws also protect the rights …

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COLORADO: Pro-Gay Bakery Launches Legal Defense Crowdfunding Campaign

From Azucar Bakery’s GoFundMe page: As many of you know some time ago a person came into my bakery asking to make a Bible shaped cake with discriminatory and hateful words against the LGBT community. I did not feel comfortable writing said message. I would gladly make the cake but would give him the tools to write the message himself. …

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COLORADO: Media Names Man Who Filed Complaint Against Pro-Gay Bakery

Last week a complaint was filed against a Colorado bakery after its owner declined a customer’s demand for a cake that would have featured anti-gay slurs. The complainant has now been identified. Via Denver’s Fox affiliate: The man who filed a discrimination complaint against a Denver baker after she refused to make him a cake with an anti-gay cake message …

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Liberty Counsel: Anti-Gay Businesses Are Honoring The Legacy Of Martin Luther King

“As we remember today the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we are inspired by his courage to combat injustice that had become imbedded in our culture and our law. Marriage as the union of one man and one woman was not created by government or religion. It is rooted in natural law. Today, the legacy of …

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Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Makes “State Of The Family” Address

Via the Washington Times: The American way of life is in crisis and is in need of a spiritual, moral and cultural renewal, a traditional values leader said Monday night in a first-of-its-kind address. “The state of our union is only as strong as the state of our family,” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC), said in …

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COLORADO: Wingnut Files Discrimination Complaint Against Pro-Gay Bakery

A Denver bakery has been hit with a discrimination complaint after declining to make a wedding cake that would have featured anti-gay slurs. Here’s how the incident went down, via Out Front: The gentleman took a seat at one of the tables as the team served him free samples and began building his order. He swiped through pics of Bible …

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WASHINGTON: Court Rules That State Can Proceed With Lawsuit Against Florist

Via the Seattle Post-Intelligencer: The state of Washington can sue the owner of a Richland flower shop, as well as her business, for refusing to sell flowers for the same-sex wedding of a longtime customer, a Benton County Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday. Arlene’s Flowers, and owner Barronelle Stutzman, are the centerpiece of a nationally watched battle involving the scope …

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TEXAS: Pastors Unite In Campaign To Repeal Plano’s LGBT Rights Ordinance

A coalition of the Texas pastors has launched a website in support of the campaign to place a repeal of Plano’s LGBT rights ordinance to a public vote. Under Plano’s new “Equal Rights Ordinance” (ERO) anything any business owner or employee says or does to another person regarding the person’s gender, sexuality, or “identity” may be a CRIME. Plano now …

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FRC: Pray For Anti-Gay Florists

This is the FRC’s latest prayer target: May God give Attorney General Bob Ferguson, and others like him, Damascus Road encounters with Christ that help them see things differently. May they cease and desist from persecuting God’s people. May Barronelle Stutzman’s attorneys be given extraordinary wisdom and effectiveness in court. May Judge Ekstrom require the lawmakers in Olympia to go …

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Anti-Gay Activist: 13 Pro-Gay Bakeries Refused To Make Anti-Gay Cakes

From the website of anti-gay activist Theodore Shoebat: Christian bakeries that refuse to make pro-homosexual marriage cakes are getting sued, they get fined, they get death threats, and they lose their businesses. So Shoebat.com called some 13 prominent bakers who are pro-gay and requested that they make a pro-traditional marriage cake with the words “Gay marriage is wrong” placed on …

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Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) To Introduce Sweeping Federal LGBT Rights Bill

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) today announced that in the next session he will introduce a sweeping federal LGBT rights bill that will cover employment, housing, credit, and public accommodations. Justin Snow reports at MetroWeekly: Merkley said that while the Senate’s passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act in November of last year by a 64-32 vote after the bill failed by …

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NEW YORK: Hate Groups Launch Fund To Fight Public Accommodation Laws

In response to the upstate New York wedding venue that was fined for turning away gay couples, hate groups have launched a fund to fight public accommodation laws. From New Yorkers For Constitutional Freedoms: In response to this direct attack on religious liberty, NYCF has established the Liberty Fund. The purpose of the Liberty Fund is to help preserve religious …

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Fayetteville Repeals LGBT Rights Law

Thanks to the Duggars, this will fuel repeal campaigns nationwide.

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ARKANSAS: Josh Duggar Makes Last Minute Pitch For LGBT Rights Repeal

Fayetteville city officials are predicting a large turnout for today’s repeal vote, which is unusual for a single-issue special ballot, but not surprising considering how inflamed the anti-gay side is. Of the 49,000 registered voters in Fayetteville, about 10% voted early. According to Becky Lewallen, the Washington County Clerk, 4,494 people cast their ballot Dec. 2, 3, 4, 5 and …

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TEXAS: Plano’s Just-Approved LGBT Rights Ordinance Has Some Big Loopholes

Some of us listening closely during last night’s LGBT rights debate in Plano, Texas picked up on a worrying comment by the city attorney that seemed to indicate that there are “religious freedom” and other loopholes in the ordinance. There are and they are troublesome. According to the revised ordinance, discrimination based on a resident’s sexual orientation or gender identity …

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ARKANSAS: Fayetteville Votes Today On Repeal Of LGBT Rights Ordinance

Back in August, we all watched into the wee hours of the morning as the Fayetteville City Council endured ten hours of vicious and ugly public comments before approving its LGBT rights ordinance by a 6-2 vote. Anti-gay groups and local churches immediately launched a petition campaign to put the issue to public vote, which is happening today. Last month …

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KANSAS: “Religious Freedom” Bill Is Back

A bill that would make it legal to discriminate against LGBT citizens might be resurrected in the Kansas legislature.  Some religious leaders in Kansas are asking lawmakers to bring back House Bill 2453 this legislative session. Also known as the “religious freedom bill”, HB 2453 says it protects businesses, clergy and some government workers from having to provide services for …

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FLORIDA: Lawmakers Introduce Sweeping LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Via Equality Florida: Earlier today, Representative Holly Raschein (R- Key Largo) and Democratic Whip Senator Joseph Abruzzo (D- Boynton Beach) filed legislation in the Florida House and Senate respectively that would prohibit discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) in employment, housing and public accommodations. Known as the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA), the legislation would amend Chapter …

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BRITAIN: Christian Group Battles For The Right To Discriminate Against Gays

Britain’s Coalition For Marriage (C4M) is continuing their battle for a “conscience clause” which would allow Christian-owned businesses to refuse to serve gay people. You might recall that during Britain’s campaign for marriage equality, C4M posted dozens of anti-gay clips in the style of the infamous Minnesota Marriage Minute series, in which a dour-faced woman contended that civilization would come …

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HomoQuotable – Andrew Sullivan

“If you run a public accommodation and use it to refuse service to a minority, you’re on the wrong side of the law (at least since the Civil Rights Movement). So why am I concerned by the latest case of a lesbian couple suing a family business that refused to rent out their property for a same-sex wedding? Simply because …

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