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Actually a long-existing law was merely amended to include gay people. Already banned was business discrimination on the basis of race, gender, religion, disability, national origin, disability or handicap, immigration status, pregnancy, and military service/veteran status.
You raise a good point and I imagine that's part of why there have only been two or three such suits even though the law exists in 21 states. In the Washington case, however, the business owner herself has made it clear that sexual orientation was the basis of her refusal. Even though it's been almost 50 years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act, many businesses did and continue to find ways to refuse minority customers without explicitly violating that federal law.
This lawsuit is based on Washington's long-existing state statute which outlaws the refusal of services on the basis of sexual orientation. Therefore it is legally unrelated to gay marriage. The word "marriage" does not even appear in the AG's lawsuit. Twenty other states have the same statute. If you want to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse services to gay people, that remains perfectly legal in 29 other states. Matt Barber knows this, but telling the truth doesn't get blog hits.
That suit is based on Washington's long-existing state statute which outlaws the refusal of services on the basis of sexual orientation and is legally unrelated to gay marriage. The word "marriage" does not even appear in the AG's lawsuit. Twenty other states have the same statute. If you want to fire, refuse to hire, or refuse services to gay people, that remains perfectly legal in 29 other states.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Argentina, Belgium, Brazil Canada, Denmark, Iceland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, and Uruguay. New Zealand will finalize their same-sex marriage bill tomorrow. France will finalize their same-sex marriage bill on April 23rd. Ireland's Constitutional Convention just yesterday decided to put the issue to a national vote and since the most recent poll shows that 75% of the public backs the issue, it's virtually a done deal there and gay weddings are expected to begin by mid-summer. England, Wales, and Scotland should follow shortly after. The issue is utterly won and furious impotent sputtering, while amusing, is just a waste of energy at this point.
There's that totally not racist Christian Love™ we keep reading about.
"Why does God hate all those zillions of potential humans?" Answer the question.
The majority of fertilized eggs are naturally expelled by the female body before implantation. Why does God hate all those zillions of potential humans?
If only there were a magical device for looking up such facts.
Plan B is definitely NOT an "abortion drug." It merely prevents ovulation. Even some hardcore abortion opponents have conceded that fact and are now focusing their attention on other "morning after" pills which prevent the implantation of a fertilized egg.
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