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NH Bill Allows People To Refuse To Serve Gays Civil Lawsuits Would…

12:15 pm - 01/27/2012
NH Bill Allows People To Refuse To Serve Gays
Civil Lawsuits Would Be Barred

People could refuse to provide accommodations, goods or services to gay couples getting married in New Hampshire under legislation being considered by the House.

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on the bill that allows the practice if a business owner, an employee or anyone else felt providing the services related to a marriage or its celebration would violate his or her conscience or religious faith. The bill also would bar lawsuits against people denying services to the couples.

Supporters touted the bill as a balance between freedom of religion and sexual orientation while opponents called it "codified discrimination."

New Hampshire's gay marriage law already exempts churches and religious groups from being forced to officiate gay marriages or provide services to participants.

benihime99 27th-Jan-2012 06:29 pm (UTC)
WHAT? wait... WHAT?
Isn't discrimintion based on sexual orientation forbidden?
What is this fuckery?
Who even thought it was a good idea?
tabaqui 27th-Jan-2012 07:58 pm (UTC)
This, exactly. Fuck these people.
kalikahuntress 27th-Jan-2012 06:35 pm (UTC)
NH is trying to outdo Arizona nowadays it seems. This is vile.
iamglory 27th-Jan-2012 06:42 pm (UTC)
Ehh...let them shoot themselves in the foot. They refuse one gay and the liberal family doesn't use them ever again. In a small town that could kill a business.
meran_flash 27th-Jan-2012 07:37 pm (UTC)
Are you for real coming at this from an "they won't tho, it'd be bad for business!" argument?
arisma 27th-Jan-2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
New Hampshire, get your shit together. Seriously. This is embarrassing.
angi_is_altered 27th-Jan-2012 06:48 pm (UTC)
I just can't with people anymore.
wesaucereyes 27th-Jan-2012 07:12 pm (UTC)
What is this world that we live in and do I still have to stay on it?
margerydaw_s2 27th-Jan-2012 07:20 pm (UTC)
How is this a fucking balance? Fuck you and go step on legos forever.
anus 27th-Jan-2012 07:29 pm (UTC)
Stories like this are the reason why I hate reading up on news sometime. I became so enraged and frustrated. I can't even fathom having that sort of mindset. WTF is wrong with these people? How the hell were they raised so horribly?
kazekageshad 27th-Jan-2012 10:32 pm (UTC)
They went to Church as children.
mollybarton 27th-Jan-2012 08:36 pm (UTC)
Fuck you, New Hampshire. Fuck. You.
aviv_b 27th-Jan-2012 09:26 pm (UTC)
I'm a little confused. Does something terrible happen to you if you serve dinner to wedding guests of a gay couple? Or bake a cake or provide flowers for the wedding? Do your dishes have to be buried in the ground to make them usable again?

Once again the Christian right is acting all butt-hurt & oppressed over something that isn't a problem. What if my religion says that divorce is not allowed. Can I refuse to provide services to Newt Gingrich? If I think Mormons are evil, can I throw Mittens out of my restaurant? Hey, I really, really, don't like cranky old farts - no pie for you Ron Paul.
benihime99 27th-Jan-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Yogurt/music/food could turn you gay apparently so just imagine what talking to an actual gay could do to you...
sesmo 27th-Jan-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
I wonder if they realize that this violates the anti-discrimination laws, since it would certainly apply to interracial marriages, religious marriages of a type the vendor doesn't like, etc.

Stupid legislators, figure out what laws mean before you start writing them.
aviv_b 27th-Jan-2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm betting it protects freedom of religion allows blatant discrimination only against gay couples. Since there is no federal law protecting same sex couples, they can get away with it.
johnjie 27th-Jan-2012 11:58 pm (UTC)
This law.....whoa. I have no words for how much fuckery this here law is.
kyra_neko_rei 28th-Jan-2012 12:14 am (UTC)
The bill also would bar lawsuits against people denying services to the couples.

This would pretty much mean that the couple in question would have no recourse no matter how vile the manner of refusal was.

Somebody who blindsides them with "you're going to hell, you wicked evil things" or "how dare you come in here, this is a family business" will get no worse than a "I'm sorry, but I cannot in good conscience accept the contract for this event."

And if they're not required to post notice of who they don't serve on the front door or something, that means any gay couple seeking wedding services has to walk a minefield of who-knows-how-many bigoted refusals to their honest requests for service. Which is the very definition of a hostile environment.
bestdaywelived 28th-Jan-2012 02:29 pm (UTC)
That could actually be what crushes the bill, though; since gay people would be denied the same basic rights that a straight person could access quite easily (the legal system), it's discriminating and a violation of their right to due process. It's fairly similar to Romer v. Evans.
farchivist 28th-Jan-2012 08:07 am (UTC)
This won't pass federal scrutiny. At all.
bestdaywelived 28th-Jan-2012 02:21 pm (UTC)
I demand a bill that allows me to refuse service to Christians. Their views are offensive to me, as an atheist, and it violates my conscience to do business with Christians and support them in their endeavors.
kazekageshad 28th-Jan-2012 05:34 pm (UTC)
Ahahahahahaa I love you. If I ever get my own business I'm going to do this. "Poor persecuted Christians!!" Is it legal to refuse services to bigots?
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