Tag Archives: public accommodations

About South Dakota’s Anti-Gay Bills

On Sunday I posted a petition from the South Dakota Democratic Party in opposition to a bill that would legalize anti-gay discrimination on the basis of “sincerely held religious beliefs.” Yesterday the Associated Press spoke with the bill’s author, who has introduced a second bill that outlaws forcing ministers to conduct same-sex marriages. (Which has never happened anywhere in the …

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Requiring Businesses To Serve Gays Is Like Forcing Gays To Go To Church

KKK-affiliated hate group leader Tony Perkins says that requiring businesses to follow the law and serve gay customers is like walking into a gay bar, rounding up all the patrons, and forcing them to go to church. It’s the SAME THING, people! (Via Good As You)

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ILLINOIS: Bed & Breakfast Owner Vows To Refuse To Host Same-Sex Weddings

In 2011 a gay couple filed a complaint against the owner of an Illinois bed & breakfast after he refused to host their civil union ceremony. The resolution of that complaint is still pending before the state Human Rights Commission, but with same-sex marriage becoming legal in Illinois this June, the venue’s owner has doubled-down on his vow to refuse …

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Headline Of The Day II

Via Oregon Live: State labor investigators have determined a Gresham bakery violated the civil rights of a same-sex couple when it refused to make a cake for the women’s wedding. The Bureau of Labor and Industries said Friday that it has wrapped up its investigation into Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Spokesman Charlie Burr said investigators found substantial evidence the bakery …

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Hate Group Tries Again In CO Baker Case

Last month a Colorado court ruled that a local baker broke the law when he refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple. The ruling spurred outraged cases of the sadz from many anti-gay groups. Yesterday the Alliance Defending Freedom, which lost the case the first time, filed an appeal. An ADF attorney claims that “forcing Americans to …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Governor Tom Corbett Backs LGBT Anti-Discrimination Bill

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, who so far had been no friend to the gay community, has backed a bill that would protect LGBT residents from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations. Corbett, who has previously staked out conservative positions on social issues, told The Inquirer that he was “coming out in support” of the bill after learning that federal …

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Brian Brown: Bakers Are Artists And Deserve The Freedom To Discriminate

“I challenge any same-sex marriage activist to take to their blog or to pen an op-ed doubling down on the opinion that what cake decorators and bakers do isn’t a form of artistry and doesn’t deserve protections as a form of expression! And I’d be willing to bet if this case had involved a portrait painter, or a photographer, or …

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Freep This Colorado Poll

On the same page as the editorial in my post below this one.

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Editorial Of The Day

From the Denver Post editorial board: If you’re going to sell wedding cakes in Colorado, you have to sell them to everyone who comes into your shop. You can’t pick and choose among customers based upon your belief that some weddings are immoral. That’s the principle that administrative law judge Robert N. Spencer reinforced with his recent ruling that the …

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Colorado Baker Tells Fox News: I’ll Go To Jail Before Making A Gay Wedding Cake

Right wing sites continue to claim that the baker faces up to a year in jail for refusing to make a gay wedding cake. In fact, there are no criminal sanctions in any state for violating public accommodation laws and the baker faces only a fine. If he refuses to pay, he could eventually lose his business license.

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Quote Of The Day – Erick Erickson

“A Christian baker in Colorado refused to bake a cake for a gay wedding. A judge is now ordering him to do so or face financial penalties. There will be no accommodation between gay rights activists and those seeking religious freedom to opt out of the gay rights movement. Gay rights activists demand tolerance for their lifestyle, but will not …

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Bryan Fischer Has The Bakery Sadz

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Christian Hate Group Has Bakery Sadz

“America was founded on the fundamental freedom of every citizen to live and work according to their beliefs. Forcing Americans to promote ideas against their will undermines our constitutionally protected freedom of expression and our right to live free. If the government can take away our First Amendment freedoms, there is nothing it can’t take away. We are considering our …

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COLORADO: Court Rules That Bakery Broke The Law By Refusing Gay Customers

Via press release from the ACLU: A Colorado judge today determined that the bakery unlawfully discriminated against the couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake. David Mullins and Charlie Craig visited Masterpiece Cakeshop last year, with Craig’s mother, to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Mullins and Craig planned to marry in Massachusetts and then celebrate …

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BRITAIN: Supreme Court Rules Against Anti-Gay Bed & Breakfast Owners

Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled against the owners of a bed & breakfast who were fined after refusing to rent a room to a gay couple. Hazelmary and Peter Bull refused to let civil partners Steven Preddy and Martyn Hall stay in a double room at Chymorvah House in Marazion in Cornwall in 2008. The couple, who had already lost …

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OREGON: Christian Group Files Measure To Legalize Anti-Gay Discrimination

An anti-gay Christian group has filed an Oregon ballot measure that would make it legal for businesses to refuse to provide wedding services to gay people on the grounds of religious belief. The initiative comes after Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian launched a well-publicized investigation against a Gresham bakery that refused to provide a cake for a marriage between two …

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NEW MEXICO: Hate Group Petitions SCOTUS On Behalf Of Photographer

The anti-gay Alliance Defending Freedom today petitioned the US Supreme Court to hear the appeal of New Mexico’s Elane Photography, the most-cited case in the boogeyman war against same-sex marriage despite the fact that New Mexico does not presently have legalized same-sex marriage. Via SCOTUSblog: On the premise that taking photos is a form of story-telling — recall the old …

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HI House Reps May Seek Extra Religious Exemptions On Marriage

Members of the Hawaii House may attempt to tack a sort of “wedding cake” amendment on to the marriage bill that would allow businesses with five or fewer employees to refuse to serve LGBT customers. Some House lawmakers want an exemption in the same-sex marriage bill that gives small businesses, especially those in the wedding industry, an “opt out” option. …

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IOWA: Art Gallery Sues Civil Rights Commission Over Hosting Gay Wedding

A Christian-owned art gallery has sued the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, claiming that being “forced” to host a same-sex wedding violates their religious liberty. The 11-count lawsuit by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was filed late Monday in Polk County Circuit Court and wants the Iowa Civil Rights Commission to rule the refusal of Betty and Richard Odgaard is …

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Freep This Illinois Poll

Illinois already includes gay people in its public accommodation laws, but that hasn’t stopped the local Catholic stormtroopers from lying about what the pending marriage equality bill will mean for busineses. (Which is nothing, of course, since that law is long established and has nothing to do with same-sex marriage.)  Freep the fuck out of this.

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