Mississippi’s governor signed into law a bill that allows businesses to refuse services to gay couples based on religious objections.
You want to deny service to happy people? Why? Happiness is contagious 😄😄😄
Dorkiness aside, it's not like they're going to wave their fingers at you and scream "YOU ARE NOW GAAAAYYY!" and POOF! you're instantly gay. * eyeroll *
So many people below advocating denial of service for any reason. As I recall, that didn't work out.
No shoes, no shirt, no service? How about black tie min dress code? How about we reserve the right to refuse service to anyone?
They can control those things.
I support this bill. A private business should have a right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. If the business is unethical, it'll fail. Let the free market run its course.
No it won't, say all food producers stopped selling food to LGBTQs. What then?
That would be a disaster, but that would never happen. In reality, if it is reported even ONE food business refused to serve LGBTQ's, they would be plastered all over the media (as they should), and they would lose a lot of money (as they should)
And even if the business did succeed, LGBTQ's would be able to go somewhere else to buy food. That's the beauty of the free market.
I am sure lots of "pious" people would help them, as they shouldn't.
There are only so many "pious" people in the world. The reality is they would lose virtually anyone else. That is most likely going to equate to a loss of business.
Add the number of Cruz and Trump voters. That is how much business they would keep.
Imagine the lucrative opportunities for LGBT friendly businesses?
This is good but it shouldn't be just for religious purposes. Businesses should be able to deny service for any reason at any time.
A business should have the right to refuse service to any person for any reason. I don't care if it is because they are white, green, purple, women, Christians, or any other reason. Let the free market do its job.
I refuse to serve people like you.
That's your right. I don't support many businesses because of how they operate. Business owners should be able to do the same.
Cant they reject black people and other ethnic minorities as well?
Not likely, but a business should be able to.
Why should it be able to?
Because the business is not owned by consumers or the government...
Maybe it should be then.
Great law! Only wish it had been passed sooner.
Hmm. A business that refuses to serve people based on religious objections? So, a Christian won't serve people who sin? Isn't that everyone? They'd go out of business really fast.
Thanks for explaining how the free market works
How do Christians have businesses if it's against their religion to serve sinners? Do they pick and choose which sinners to serve? How do they choose which sinners are more worthy of their service than others?
I don't own a business how would I know how they choose? Either way how they chose shouldn't matter, if they own the business, then it's their choice who to serve, plain and simple
I'm a business owner and I think businesses should be allowed to refuse service to whomever they want. And hire whomever they want.
That being said, my point was how ridiculous it is to claim religious objections when a business refuses service. If they were consistent with their convictions, they'd go out of business very quickly.
Just because I disagree with their reasoning, doesn't mean I think it should be illegal.
I never stated whether you think it should be illegal or not. I wasn't trying to attack you either
Ok, I apologize. I just didn't understand the purpose of your comments.
Ugh, it's a step in the wrong direction.
Freedom is never the wrong direction
Discrimination is always the wrong direction
It's freedom. You don't have a right to another person's property or labor
If your are offering a service or product you don't get to deny potential customers because you don't agree with their life, skin color, or abilities. If you want to live in a repressive society they're are plenty of choices in this world, this country isn't and shouldn't be one
After a few butt hurt Christians are denied anything by a Muslim or other members of society this will be repealed
Nope,y business my choice. Idgaf if you're a gay black Muslim deny whoever you want. I don't own you're business I don't tell you how to run it. It's an easy concept
I smell a SCOTUS case.
Too bad that pussy in Georgia didn't follow the will of the people.
That would be correct.
I understand some people believe the bible says it is wrong to be gay. However doing business with gay people does not make you gay by association. It's not as though you contract sin, because you are still not gay. I understand people's beliefs, but I honestly don't understand how bills like these hold up in a court of law.
Couldn't any one claim 'religious believes' for anything? It seems like a half assed attempt to continuing the sad history of discrimination in the south. Who would have thought this state so full of good Christian people would also be so against the idea of brotherly love with all humans.
Doesn't Mississippi have much bigger problems to solve than just try to stick it the gays? You'd think they spend more energy trying to improve their disastrous education system. These laws are nothing more than means to remind the LGBT community that they are in fact second class citizens.
That's nonsense. They have the same constitutional rights as straights.
Sure, they may have the same rights as straight Americans now, but what we are seeing is a backlash to the newly enshrined Rights of the LGBT community. They may now be "equal" but they sure are not being treated as equal by the large segments of the population. Whenever one margin was group gains a quality, there will invariably be a backlash – which is what we are seeing with all these "religious liberty" laws being passed. The state legislatures of the states these laws are being passed would like nothing more than to completely isolate the LGBT community.
By the same language in the bill, a business could not serve someone who had premarital sex. This is not limited to gays.
Sure, but you know full well that the LGBT community will be affected disproportionately more than any other population.
I think business owners are discriminated upon for not being allowed to exercise their religious beliefs.
Personally, as a gay man, I like these laws because they make it really obvious who I shouldn't be supporting financially. Like if you don't want my money cause I'm gay then I'm glad you told me cause I don't want you to have my money. As long as these laws only apply to the private sector then whatever... You don't want to do business with me then I'll just walk the extra 100 yards to the next burger joint or wherever. Like you do you. You wanna lose money? Go at it chief, that's your loss...Again, this is just my personal opinion.
I would have the same attitude if a gay person didn't want to serve me.
People should have the freedom to deny service WITHOUT discrimination.
It's a good reiteration of the 13th amendment.
I support that although I don't know of any Christian precept that would prevent someone from serving gay people, but I can certainly understand not wanting to bake gay cakes. I would refuse to bake a gay cake.
People should never be required by law to violate their consciences when it's a matter of religion.
Being able to run your own business how you like is disgusting??
Denying someone service for who they are is disgusting
They aren't denying service to gay people just because they're gay. Only for same sex marriages.
But but but wouldn't that mean they're denying service to gay people because same sex couples are, well, gay?
Only for a specific service. They will serve gay couples for any other purpose besides a same sex marriage. So, no, not just because they're gay.
Honestly, depends on the type of business whether or not I would agree.
Utterly fucking disgusting. Then again, that's to be expected of the state that never got around to ratifying the 13th amendment until 2013.
I wonder if King Salman of Saudi Arabia wants to vacation there this summer?
This is the same state that has the highest percentage of vaccinated children. They are so backwards, I know...
Yet is also America's poorest and fattest state, with the lowest quality education in the country. Florida is our embarrassment? That title should go to them instead.
Huh? What about Florida? I guess those poor fat people in Mississippi accept science more so than all other states. Isn't that great?
Florida is usually given the title of being the embarrassment because of all the crazy people. And no, they wouldn't accept science. Mississippi is at the bottom of education lists. Not only are they culturally backwards, they're nearly the stupidest, fattest, and poorest state in the country. Its only going to get poorer when some of their largest corporations start boycotting them. Ingalls, Nissan, and MGM are already threatening to leave. I've already written to a couple of senators today (it'll do nothing, honestly) to close down and relocate the military bases within the state. A birthday project for myself.
Seriously though. Its sad that this wikipedia page exists: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thank_God_for_Mississippi
Must not be too backwards if they don't deny vaccines though, right?
Are you really defending that stinking shitpile of a state? One thing. That's it. I'll give them one for vaccines, that's it. Still makes early 20th century Russia look like a progressive nation.
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To paraphrase Forrest Gump, "bigotry is as bigotry does."
How can it be unconstitutional?
CRA= civil rights act of 1964 (I assume). Unfortunately I think bills like this fall outside the purview of the CRA. You need to add an amendment to make sure stuff like this bill or the one in North Carolina are defunct. That's not unheard of, I think in 1972 it was amended to add the Equal Employment Opportunity act.
That's what was wrong with the civil rights act of 1964. It crept into the private sector.
That's close to what I said.
If you believe 'laws' creep into the private sector, as though the private sector is immune, or not shaped and created by state law and policy, or has any right to operate outside those laws/policies; then I'm sorry but you have an extremely weak understanding of government. But I could tell that by the other nonsensical garbage you've posted. Anyone who thinks there was a 'problem' with the civil rights act, is someone I have great pity for as they are obviously yearning to go back to a time of blatant discrimination and oppression. Your idiocy and contempt sadden me. I shall pray that you see the light of empathy.
How cute! Customer service put me on ignore. The irony.
You're so sweet.
Mississippi and North Carolina both made very good decisions👍🏼👍🏼
I didn't hear the news about North Carolina. I'm glad to hear that your Governor made the right decision.
This is good. Georgia dropped the ball, but Mississippi did the right thing. A business is owned by the business owner not the consumer.
What they should do, is create gays only bathrooms, and gays only drinking fountains. That would put those evil gays in their place. You betcha. 😒
Your words not mine.
A line was lain for a reason, now where do you draw it?