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Thu Dec 21, 2017, 03:32 AM

Florida lawmaker files anti-LGBTQ bill so business owners 'don't live in fear of social justice zeal

Florida lawmaker files anti-LGBTQ bill so business owners 'don't live in fear of social justice zealots'

Earlier this month, in a typical move by low-level lawmakers vying for a promotion, Rep. Jay Fant, R-Jacksonville, filed a bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to LGTBQ individuals without legal consequence.

Fant is currently running for Florida attorney general.

Called the "Free Enterprise Protection Act," House Bill 871 was written with the First Amendment Defense Act in mind, which prohibits the government from taking any "discriminatory action" against a business because of its "personnel and employee benefit policies."

Florida doesn't have laws on the books that protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination, so it's still perfectly legal "to fire someone, evict them from housing or deny them service at a restaurant" because of their sexual orientation or chosen gender, according to Equality Florida. That means Fant's bill essentially leaves the backdoor open so that any and all businesses are allowed to openly discriminate at their own convenience, whether out of religious conviction or plain old garden-variety hate.

Read more: https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2017/12/20/florida-lawmaker-files-anti-lgbtq-bill-so-business-owners-dont-live-in-fear-of-social-justice-zealots

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DonCoquixote Dec 2017 #1

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Thu Dec 21, 2017, 06:39 AM

1. so this means

That bakery can easily refuse a bar mitzvah because if, lets say, they hate jews.

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