According to an Oklahoma GOP lawmaker, gays don’t have a right to be served in public places of the proprietors of certain establishments disagree with their lifestyle.
State Senator Joseph Silk (R) is sponsoring the “Oklahoma Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015,” which is designed to shield businesses from lawsuits for discriminating against customers who offend their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”
“The L.G.B.T. movement is the main thing, the primary thing that’s going to be challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out religious convictions,” Silk said in an interview with the New York Times. “And I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends.”
Silk added that the LGBT community needs to consider the feelings of religious business owners – which apparently is more important than their civil rights.
“They don’t have a right to be served in every single store,” he said. “People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions.”
From The Raw Story:
According to Silk’s bill, businesses — including non-profits — would have the right to deny, “Services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, and goods or privileges,” to anyone who offends their religious sensibilities.
Additionally businesses could refuse to provide counseling, adoption, foster care and other social services, while also refusing to hire a person based upon their gender or sexual orientation.
The state of Arkansas is considering a bill that’s similar to Silk’s, called the “Intrastate Commerce Improvement Act.”