Oklahoma Rep. Wants Anti-Gay Biz To Post Signs Alerting Public To Segregation
Who knew that Oklahoma had a sane lawmaker? More than that, Rep. Emily Virgin (D) is amazing. Rep. Virgin has introduced a brilliant amendment to the state's attempt to allow businesses to segregate and discriminate against same-sex couples.
“Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice of such refusal in a manner clearly visible to the public in all places of business, including websites,” the amendment states. “The notice may refer to the person’s religious beliefs, but shall state specifically which couples the business does not serve by referring to a refusal based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or race.”
“Thank you to Representative Virgin for calling out the level of segregation allowed under this legislation,” Freedom Oklahoma Executive Director Troy Stevenson said in a statement. “If the state of Oklahoma is going to protect discrimination, then at the very least, businesses should be required to own their bias, and post it publicly for the world to see.” Ryan Kiesel, director of ACLU of Oklahoma, also praised the amendment, saying that it “very pointedly exposes the absurdity of creating a new era of legalized segregation.”
Sally Kern must be rolling in her grave!
The Satanic Temple is attempting to include a similar amendment in Michigan's anti-gay "freedom to discriminate" bill. The group has helpfully created a printout that business can use to make it clear that they segregate: